Sean Lien said his biggest wish is not to pursue high political office, but to see Taiwan regain its status as an economic power in Asia.
However, his pledge to donate his mayor’s salary drew criticism from KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), who has also declared his candidacy for the party primary.
“We are not in the Qing Dynasty anymore, people do not have to pay for a position or a title. It’s reasonable for a mayor to be paid if they are competent. What’s the point of having an unsalaried, but incompetent, mayor?” Ting said.
Other KMT mayoral aspirants include Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) and Taipei City councilors Chung Hsiao-ping (鐘小平), Yang Shi-chiu (楊實秋) and Chin Hui-chu (秦慧珠).