On 18th March 2014, Khun Chalermlak Kebsub, a former Patong Mayor, councilor, and Democrat MP for Phuket, held a press conference to launch her campaign for the election to be the next Patong City Mayor. This comes after the 7th March 2014 announcement that the court ordered a new election, with a new election date set for 26th April 2014.
Khun Chalermlak said “After the House of representatives announced that the election in 2012 was invalid, and because I have previously worked in partnership with various groups in the area of Patong I have decided to join the upcoming election for Mayor of Patong. Patong is known to have many problems that over many years have failed to be resolved, and I believe that the people of Patong want change, which I am willing to bring.
“The competition in the election to become Patong Mayor is an intense one and is always very close. Due to the business activity in Patong a lot of attention is paid to this election, and for centuries the day has seen large numbers of votes. I believe this year will be the same and I don’t for see there being any problem with voting on the day. Prior to the election I will meet with the people in the area to discuss and propose ideas to solve the continuous problems the area has encountered, as well as listen to additional problems the people raise with me.
“Whilst I have confidence in the election process and I will work my hardest to win. However, whether I get elected or not depends on the decision of the people in the area. But I can promise them that if I do, I will work closely with them to make Patong a better place for all.”