President-elect Lai Ching-te met supporters in Hualien on Monday, as part of his pre-inauguration “thank-you tour.” He was joined by Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim, who had spent the past week recovering from COVID-19. Hsiao, a former Hualien legislator, was warmly received by the crowd.
I can see that many of the projects we worked on, including the expansion of Provincial Highway No. 9, are still making progress, step by step. Several new sections of road have already been completed. In this past election, our supporters in Hualien never gave up on us. They always stood by us, and my heart is filled with gratitude.
In the digital age, we can use social media to invite friends to join our groups. We can also easily and quickly inform them of our vision and our achievements.
The DPP’s presidential ticket received about 25% of the vote in Hualien, compared to the KMT’s 50%. Speaking to Hualien supporters, Lai admitted that county had been a challenge for his party. He said that for the 2026 local elections, the DPP plans to start campaigning early, through grassroots outreach and talent recruitment.
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