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FEATURE: Candidates try to win over voters with memorabilia

By Tsai Ya-hua, Ou Su-mei, Jake Chung and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporters, with staff writers

His campaign’s limited-edition fans proved especially popular because of their practicality and collector’s value, he said, adding that the first 1,000 fans ran out quickly and he would not be able to replenish them until fundraising targets are met.

KMT Taichung City Councilor Wu Hsien-sen (吳顯森), who is seeking re-election, said he favors ball-point pens.

His campaign’s most popular item so far has been a multifunction keyring set that contains an LED light, pen and screwdriver, he said, adding: “It is a hot item. Everybody wants them.”

DPP Taichung councilor candidate Hsiao Lung-tse (蕭隆澤) said he added cotton buds to his memorabilia lineup of fans and masks, because he often needs them after swimming and thought that it would be a useful item for the city’s growing population of voters who engage in sports.

DPP Taichung City Councilor Chang Ya-min (張雅旻), who emerged victorious in 2014 after running as an underdog, said her re-election campaign this year offers only fans and notepads.

Chang is running as a model city councilor with a focus on policy and public service, her campaign said.

DPP Taichung councilor candidate Weng Mei-chun (翁美春) said her campaign offers a wide range of memorabilia ranging from fans and pens to tissue and cloth wipes.

She has insisted on an absorbent cloth and the manufacturer submitted eight samples before the product met her standards, Weng said, adding that the manufacturer nearly scrapped its contract with her due to her pickiness.

The wipes proved popular among the eateries in her electoral district and she is also distributing cleaning cloths for lenses and eyeglasses, Weng added.

Additional reporting by Huang Chien-hao and Chien Hui-ju

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