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Yeh Chin-chuan ranks last in survey of mayoral hopefuls

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Deputy Taipei Mayor Yeh Chin-chuan (葉金川), who will leave his post next month to focus on his campaign for the year-end Taipei mayoral race, was rated last out of five Taipei mayoral hopefuls in a recent magazine survey.

The five mayoral hopefuls were ranked by Taipei City councilors in terms of their solutions to municipal development issues.

The Journalist, a weekly Chinese-language political magazine, invited five of the Taipei mayoral hopefuls including Yeh, former Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) chief Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) and John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) and former Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄), to share their solutions to the top 10 long-term municipal development problems chosen by 30 Taipei city councilors.

Each candidate's solutions were sent to councilors and urban planning experts for review.

City councilors ranked Hau No. 1 for "having a professional team of staff," while urban planning experts put Ting in first place for his "thorough research of municipal development." As deputy mayor, however, Yeh was placed in last position by both teams for "failing to provide constructive solutions to the problems."

Yeh argued yesterday that his poor results highlighted the need for him to quit his current post.

"As deputy mayor, I am always on the defensive, which is a serious problem for me," Yeh said at city hall. "I don't have time to campaign for the election, and I also have to defend the mayor's policies as I am part of his staff."

In response to the report, Hau told the Taipei Times that he will remain humble and will present a complete set of municipal policies in April.

Shen, Ting and Chiang also noted the results, but said it was still too early to tell who would be victorious.

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