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Hsieh formally drafted as KMT's Keelung mayoral candidate

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday formally drafted National Security Council (NSC) advisor Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) as its Keelung mayoral candidate during its weekly Central Standing Committee meeting.

Hsieh held a press conference at KMT headquarters and said that his views the nomination as one the highest honors in his life and that he will do his best to win the election.

There is roughly four months left until the mayoral election at year's end, Hsieh said, adding that he will do three days worth of work every day to make up for the limited amount of time left.

Hsieh said that he has spent a combined 21 years in the Northern Taiwan port city, adding that he studied, got married and saw his children born in Keelung.

Hsieh attributed his growth and development to the city's “nourishment.”

Keelung does not need intangible blueprints and blank checks, Hsieh said, adding that what the city needs is a mayor with a broad vision and with the ability to act.

Hsieh said that he plans to reform the political atmosphere through creative thinking and to increase the municipal government's efficiency while making the needs of Keelung residents his first priority.

Hsieh called on the citizens of Keelung to give him the opportunity to serve them, pledging to transform the city within four years.

The NSC advisor also said that he will not seek re-election, if elected as mayor, should he fail the expectations of the city.

Keelung-based KMT Legislator Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑) endorsed the NSC advisor's bid, saying that he will do all he can to help him win the approval of Keelung residents.

The lawmaker also said that he will not give up trying to negotiate with the KMT's former Keelung mayoral candidate, Keelung Municipal Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰), in order to seek a happy resolution.

Huang was dropped as a candidate by the ruling party following his involvement in a corruption investigation. Huang has since maintained his innocence, vowing to continue his campaign without the KMT's support.

KMT lawmaker Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍) said that she is confident in the current candidate's chances, considering that he has a good image, extensive experience in the executive branch, and because he is actively involved in charity work outside of his duties as an official.

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