The Democratic Progressive Party's candidate for Hualien county magistrate, Kolas Yotaka, lost the election. He encouraged supporters not to give up hope, and congratulated his opponent Xu Zhenwei.

(Photo by reporter Wang Jinyi)

[Reporter Wang Jinyi/Hualien Report] Supporters from the Democratic Progressive Party’s Hualien County Mayor candidate Kolas Yotaka’s camp have entered the headquarters to watch the counting of votes. Kolas entered the headquarters at about 7:00 p.m., and the supporters shouted: "Come on!" Kolas said, don't give up hope, and hope that the county magistrate Xu Zhenwei can become a real good county magistrate, a cross-generational solution regardless of political parties or ethnic groups A common problem for Hualien people.

Hualien had a lot of rain this morning, the rain continued, and the turnout rate was quite low.

Kolas first thanked the supporters who were willing to trust her. She said that although the election results were not as expected, she said at the beginning that the belief is that the air of democracy and freedom will enter Hualien. The election results are the results of the people’s votes and must be accepted. After the election, he also has an open mind to accept the leadership of County Magistrate Xu.

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"Don't give up hope," Kolas said. I know everyone is very sad. You have worked hard during this period, shouted on the streets, and believed that you can change Hualien. Although you have no chance to win this election, I hope you accept this. In the end, I also congratulate my opponent Xu Zhenwei, congratulations on being re-elected and holding power again. As a county magistrate, I will continue to lead the county people for four years. I also hope that the county magistrate will treat people who support Kolas equally in the future. good magistrate.

Kolas said, please don’t give up hope, you must continue to invest in Hualien’s public affairs, make good use of your citizenship rights, don’t let invisible forces bind your spirit, think it’s over, don’t give up your imagination and vision for Hualien, you must believe I can change Hualien. If I give up, I will have no chance in four years. At the same time, I have to keep my eyes open and examine whether the county magistrate Xu can lead Hualien to a higher level.

"Everyone's hard work in this short period of time has paid off," Kolas said, because her vote rate and number of votes this time were even higher than last time in 2018. When other counties and cities are facing very big challenges, However, the support in Hualien has increased compared to four years ago, and the support of the county magistrate Xu has declined. It is not as easy as imagined to reverse 13 years of family politics overnight, it is not magic.

Finally, I would like to thank the brothers and sisters of the aborigines and my hometown of Halawan for their support. I am willing to believe that a child of the aborigines can run for the county magistrate. Kolas said that although there is no chance to make a breakthrough this time, don’t forget: "We are the children of the aborigines", don't think that you are incapable, but believe that "we can", must muster up the courage, go on strong, from generation to generation, we will surely be able to bloom beautiful flowers, aboriginal people Standing up is not to highlight ethnic differences, the point is that this is fairness and an opportunity that can be pursued.

Many supporters shed tears of sorrow for Kolas' defeat speech, shouting "Come on" and "Thank you Hualien", and stepped forward to take pictures and group photos one by one. What about the future?

Kolas said that the most important thing right now is to thank the people in Hualien for their support. A ticket is a lifelong love, no matter what position you are in, but you can make good use of that role to do things for Hualien in different positions. Of course, I will continue to work for Hualien, and Kolas will always be there.

Regarding the election results, Yan Xianzong, chairman of the Hualien County Party Committee of the Democratic Progressive Party, said that Hualien is a super-difficult constituency, but this time the vote rate and number of votes have improved compared with the last time. 35% of the votes, some areas that were relatively traditional iron blue in the past, the votes have also increased compared to the past, as long as you loosen it again and again, loosen a little each time, with the accumulated efforts of the predecessors, one stick after another, the following Newcomers participating in the continuation, I believe it will not be difficult forever.

After the voting ended at 4:00 this afternoon, Kolas supporters entered the campaign headquarters to watch the counting process. The bees sent by the headquarters kept reporting the latest votes from the polling station. As the number of votes has been lagging behind Xu Zhenwei, support The air pressure is quite low, and some supporters say that Hualien is still difficult to overturn and cannot shake the management of Fu Kunqi and his wife at the grassroots level for more than 20 years.

The Democratic Progressive Party's candidate for Hualien county magistrate, Kolas Yotaka, lost the election. He encouraged supporters not to give up hope, and congratulated his opponent Xu Zhenwei.

(Photo by reporter Wang Jinyi)

The Democratic Progressive Party's candidate for Hualien county magistrate, Kolas Yotaka, lost the election. He encouraged supporters not to give up hope, and congratulated his opponent Xu Zhenwei.

(Photo by reporter Wang Jinyi)

The Democratic Progressive Party's candidate for Hualien county magistrate, Kolas Yotaka, lost the election. He encouraged supporters not to give up hope, and congratulated his opponent Xu Zhenwei.

(Photo by reporter Wang Jinyi)