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Hsinchu tops poll on local chiefs by 'Global Views'

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hsinchu Mayor Lin Junq-tzer (林政則) received top marks for his administrative performance for the third consecutive year, a survey by Global Views magazine published yesterday showed.

Taoyuan County Commissioner Chu Li-lun (朱立倫), Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強), Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) and Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) also received top scores, or five stars, in an annual survey of public satisfaction with the administrative performances of city and county heads.

The magazine crowned Lin as the “three-time top scoring superstar” for his large support rate among Hsinchu residents, who had awarded him high scores each year.

Among the top performers, Yang was the only Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) local government head, while Liu was rated as a top local government head for the first time, the survey showed.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who just returned from a trip to China, received four stars in this year’s survey. She received only two stars when she took office two years ago.

Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) and Taitung County Commissioner Kuang Li-chen (鄺麗貞) were rated the worst performers in the survey, with both receiving two stars. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) received three stars.

Thanking Hsinchu residents for their continuous support, Lin said his administration would work harder to seek more benefits for local residents in his last year in office.

Chou, on the other hand, said he “cannot accept” the results of the survey on his administrative performance and said he wouldn’t accept any such evaluation targeting him.

In the survey on residents taking pride in their cities and counties, Kinmen County jumped to first place from 11th place last year. Lienchiang County’s rating improved from ninth place last year to fourth place this year.

The magazine said President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) cross-strait policies contributed to the popularity of Kinmen and Lienchiang as the two counties devoted more effort to local development to promote cross-strait exchanges.

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