The Progressive Movement has formally nominated Ploylapas “June” Singtothong as their candidate for President of the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organizations, aiming to conquer current president Wittaya Khunpluem who has been in the position for more than 10 years.
The election is set for December 20th of this year. Wittaya is the younger brother of current Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem and older brother of current Saensuk Mayor Narongchai Khunpluem. His younger brother Ittipol Khunpluem is the former long-term mayor of Pattaya and current Minister of Culture. The Khunplume family has long been front and center in Chonburi politics.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Progressive Movement, has cooperated with the Change Chonburi group to set up the “Progressive Change Chonburi” group and nominate Ploylapas to run for the President and other candidates in 42 districts for the Provincial Administrative Organization Council.
Thanathorn told the gathered Thai press: “Chonburi is the province with one of the best economies in the country and under normal circumstances draws millions of tourists a year especially to Pattaya. The province will provide a significant budget throughout the period of the new administration. The person running this province has enormous responsibility. Therefore, we would like to have the president and the council without adhering to any former political group that has run in both national and local politics for more than 10 years to stop cooperation.”
“Both the Progressive Movement and Change Chonburi have shared the same ideology of democracy and non-dictatorship. This incoming election on December 20 is the first step for local political changes and we volunteer to make Chonburi a better place.”
Progressive Change Chonburi’s candidate Ploylapas told the press that she is ready to serve the people in Chonburi in order to fully and wisely manage the budget for the province’s development and for all areas in Chonburi province.
The Pattaya News notes that the Khunplume family has long dominated and run affairs in the province. Thanathorn is the former head of the now dissolved future forward party and although banned from personally participating in politics himself is still active in endorsing and supporting others.
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