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Hu announces bid for Taichung mayoral race

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Incumbent Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) yesterday officially announced his re-election bid.

It would be easy to let go of the mayoral office but difficult to set one's mind at ease, Hu said, adding that he cannot hand over the post to a person with severe ideological biases.

Having served 13 years as mayor, Hu announced his re-election bid and is set to take part in the Kuomintang's primaries.

"Greater Taichung must be won," Hu said, adding that he spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not to seek re-election.

The mayor went on to say that he would not be a responsible person if he left office and allowed Greater Taichung's future to spiral into uncertainty.

Responding to critics who said that he has spent too many years in office, Hu said that tenures are a part of democratic systems, and that there is no such thing as serving "too long" in office.

The law stipulates that a person can serve two consecutive terms as mayor, Hu said, adding that he has only served one term since Taichung City and Taichung County were merged as a special municipality.

The mayor stressed that he is seeking re-election in accordance with the law.

"As far as the history of democratic politics is concerned, there is only (a question of) whether or not one does well, and not (a question of) whether or not one has served too long," Hu said.

The mayor said that if he were harboring personal interests, he would not have decided to seek re-election.

"It is not difficult at all (to leave office)," Hu said. "But it is difficult to set one's mind at ease."

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