Air quality has become the key issues of Taichung's local elections. On Nov. 9, Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung and Changhua County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku, who are seeking re-election, and independent Miaoli County magisterial candidate Hsu Ting-chen toured the Taichung World Flora Exposition. Meanwhile, Kuomintang Taichung City mayoral candidate Lu Shiow-yen said the city government needs to do more to ensure residents have clean air to breathe.
Kuomintang Taichung City mayoral candidate Lu Shiow-yen was surrounded by supporters as she announced a series of official campaign events. The air quality in the city has been extremely poor in recent weeks, with the "red" alert level signifying hazardous air flashing for several consecutive days. Lu and her supporters drank cups of tea to soothe the lungs to express their dissatisfaction with the poor air quality. She said the city government should give residents the right to breathe clean air.
I can't believe he is still continuing with the drivel that Taichung's air quality has improved. If Taichung's air quality has improved, why has the air pollution been off the charts these past two days? If Lu Shiow-yen is elected, she will work hard to control the air quality and boost the economy.
Lu's remarks were directed at incumbent Mayor Lin Chia-lung, who is seeking re-election. He said people should view the big picture, and added he has already asked Taichung Power Plant to reduce its coal consumption as long as it can ensure electricity usage safety.
There have been red alerts during the past two days, but the total number of days has been greatly reduced. Last year, there were 24 days. It was reduced from 87 to 24 after I took office. So far this year, the number is less than 15. We will continue with these great results.
Lin is trying to use his track record to sway voters. He also toured the Taichung World Flora Exposition's Fengyuan site, serving as a tour guide for Changhua County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku and independent Miaoli County magisterial candidate Hsu Ting-chen. They visited the city-county sponsored gardens. Lin made a point to thank Changhua County, because over 30 percent of the expo's flowers and plants are from the county. Nov. 9 was the start of the legal campaigning period for candidates, and both Lu and Lin organized many activities on that day to interact with voters.