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TSU releases names of candidates for commissioner, mayoral elections

AMBITIONS The TSU released the names of some candidates, while the DPP courted a KMT lawmaker who is intent on running for Hsinchu County commissioner

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday announced some of its candidates for the year-end county commissioner and mayoral elections, and vowed to fully participate in the elections.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday also announced that it will collaborate with the People First Party (PFP) in nominating a candidate for the Hsinchu County commissioner's post, challenging Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) incumbent Cheng Yung-chin (鄭永金).

TSU caucus whip Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) yesterday said that the party is evaluating the possibility of TSU candidates running in each district. The party may also enlist TSU Secretary-General Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) to run for Keelung mayor and former TSU legislator Chien Lin Hui-chien (錢林慧君) to run for Tainan mayor.

Former TSU legislator Cheng Cheng-lung (程振隆) will run for the Yunlin County commissionership. It is unclear at this point who will run against him, as the other parties have yet to announce their candidates for the position. The post is currently unfilled. In addition, TSU Legislator Ho Min-hao (何敏豪) will be running against Jason Hu (胡志強) for Taichung mayor. According to Chen, the final nomination list will be announced after candidates for National Assembly elections are nominated on May 14.

The TSU will work with the DPP in nominating a slate of nominees for that election.

"Basically we will still negotiate with the DPP over the nomination list out of courtesy, but the TSU will not make too many concessions to the DPP this time," Chen said. "The TSU has its own platform and I think we have a good chance in smaller counties and cities."

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) will make public other nominees next Friday, Chen said.

Meanwhile, the DPP and the PFP are working together to get KMT Legislator Chiu Ching-chun (邱鏡淳) to withdraw from the KMT's primary for the Hsinchu County commissionership and defect to the DPP. Chiu is challenging fellow KMT member and Hsinchu County Commissioner Cheng Yung-chin for the position.

However, Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), a spokesperson for the DPP's information and culture department said yesterday that although the party contacted Chiu, this did not signal the beginning of cross-party cooperation between the DPP and the PFP.

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