Yang Seung-jo, Democratic Party candidate for the governorship of South Chungcheong (Yonhap)
“South Chungcheong Province needs a governor with capability and experience for the region’s development without interruption,” Yang said, expressing his hopes for a second term in an email interview with The Korea Herald. “I have been running tirelessly to improve South Chungcheong Province for the past four years, and I have found the keys to long-standing problems and projects that need to be completed. Now is the time for me to complete them. .
Yang said he plans to establish strong economic fundamentals, if elected, so the province can continue to prosper in the future.
The candidate is committed to establishing a research and development site in an area between Cheonan and Asan. He also said he would connect the Seohae Line railway to the Gyeongbu high-speed railway and build a new airport in Seosan to improve access to the province. Yang added that he would persuade more state-run institutions to move their bases to South Chungcheong Province.
Yang promised to also establish a local bank, through which the local government aims to provide financial services that can help small and medium-sized businesses, as well as those in need. Opening a local bank will also help the region prevent possible capital outflows, according to Yang.
The potential local bank is also part of a larger plan to create a megacity in the Chungcheong region, joined by the governments of South and North Chungcheong provinces, as well as Daejeon and Sejong, the main cities of the region. Chungcheon area.
According to Yang, the introduction of the new bank and the establishment of an extensive traffic network that encompasses the Chungcheong region would help the region gain competitiveness and contribute to balanced regional development.
Yang argued that it is difficult for an individual city or local government to contribute to the country’s balanced regional development. The megacities agenda, however, can provide enough impetus to achieve the goal of balanced development, by bringing individual regions together, he added.
Regarding his relationship with the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, Yang noted that he would seek cooperation with the central government. Yang said the local government is able to carry out the central government’s plans. Yang added that “a capable person” should therefore be in charge of managing local governments, and he is the right person.
“I think people want Yang Seung-jo’s second term as governor both for the stability and continuity of government affairs in South Chungcheong Province,” Yang said.
Regarding his competition with Kim Tae-heum, the candidate of the ruling People’s Power Party, Yang said he had a crucial advantage over Kim, having served as governor for the past four years.
Recent polls have shown Yang and Kim neck and neck with Yang’s single-digit lead.
By Shim Woo-hyun ([email protected])