KMT candidate confident of winning 3-way race for Taipei mayor

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (???) said Monday he was confident of triumphing over Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (???) and Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (???) in an anticipated three-way race for the capital's top job in November.

Chiang, who promised more social welfare benefits and greater long-term care resources during a campaign stop in Neihu Monday, told reporters that he would relentlessly pursue victory in what was admittedly a "tough" race.

The KMT nominee will face off against Chen of the ruling-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), with Huang, an independent who has been endorsed by incumbent Mayor and Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je (???), also expected to throw her hat into the ring.

Noting that "nearly 1,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Taipei alone," Chiang accused Chen of abandoning his ministerial responsibilities at the height of the pandemic.

Chiang also blamed Chen, who also heads up the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), for what he described as Taiwan's "lackluster performance" in preventing the pandemic.

Meanwhile, after Chen commented Sunday "Taipei has stopped progressing for too long," Huang said Monday that she was proud of the city's performance over the past eight years.

The capital had ranked first in the country with regards to building public housing, promoting bilingual education, and attracting foreign investment, Huang stated.

In a social media post, Huang said the health minister should gain a better understanding of the city before casting judgment, inviting Chiang and Chen to tour the Taipei Expo, which will be held at the Taipei Expo Park from Aug. 27 to Sept. 11, to see the progress the city has made.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel