Unfazed hopefuls in shadow of big names in governor's poll
Many governor hopefuls who registered yesterday may have lost many times, but they want to keep trying because they believe the city's problems have not been solved yet.WARANCHAI CHOKCHANA, 60, wants to be the first to solve the persistent traffic problems - though as of yesterday, he had no clear plans. He ran in the 1986 and 1998 general election and this is the fifth time he is running in the Bangkok gubernatorial poll. He first ran in 1990, receiving 13,143 votes, but only managed to get 383 votes in the 2000 Bangkok election.
"My heart is not broken even though I always lose," Waranchai said. He was the first to arrive at City Hall to register yesterday morning - a little after 5am - and went away with No 2. Waranchai explained that he always registered as a candidate because he has never seen Bangkok's troubles ever being solved by governors from big parties. Although he does not have huge funds to finance his campaign, he has saved costs by not making huge cut-outs and is only distributing A4 fliers detailing his policies and promotional photographs.
CAPTAIN METTA TEMCHAMNAN, 65, a former Army officer ran in the 1983 and 2009 general elections as an independent candidate and lost both times. He ran for the Bangkok governor's post in 2004 and won 2,105 votes.
Metta, who got No 3, said it was good luck because it stood for the "three jewels of Buddhism". He believes that Bangkokians will possibly vote him in because they are bored with the two major parties constantly fighting.
The candidate's daughter, Thanya, said that even though her dad had lost in several previous polls, she and the rest of the family fully supported him because he wanted to work for the people.
"We have never asked why he doesn't win. My father always registers because he wants to make life easier for others," she said.
SANHAPOJ SUKSRIMUANG, 39, is a new face and is candidate No 6. He said he decided to run in the election because Bangkok residents are bored of the constant sparring between Democrat and Pheu Thai parties. "I believe I can solve Bangkok's problems," he said.
Candidate No 7 NATTHADANI PHUBETATTHAWIT, 56, said he was not afraid of competing against candidates from big parties because small independent people should also be a choice for voters.
"I am not just a filler," he said.
JONGJIT HIRANLARP, 57, said women should play a greater role in taking care of the country. "I decided to quit my government job because as a lecturer all I could do was complain. Now I want to set a good example for all the other women."
Bangkok election regular, LEENA JANGJANYA, did not register yesterday because she is still raising campaign funds.
Candidates have until Friday to register.
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