Date: Feb 03, 2018
By: Wang Shan-yan and Stacy Hsu / Staff reporters
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chiayi City Council Speaker Hsiao Shu-li (蕭淑麗)
yesterday announced that she would run as an independent for the Chiayi mayoral post later this year, saying she did not trust the KMT’s poll-based primary.
Hsiao said she forsook her supporters three years ago by not completing her bid for mayor and did not want to let history repeat itself.
“I hope my bid will not be determined by the party, but by public opinion,” Hsiao told a news conference in Chiayi, adding that a political party should be like-minded people jointly fighting for people’s happiness and best interests.
In March 2014, eight months before the local nine-in-one elections, Hsiao also said she would withdraw from the KMT and run as an independent candidate.
She dropped out of the race in July that year.
Hsiao rejoined the KMT in late 2014 after winning a city councilor seat as an independent. [FULL STORY]