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DPP chooses candidates for Keelung mayoral race

'HAVE TO WIN' The party will choose one of the four hopefuls on Tuesday to run for the seat held by former mayor Hsu Tsai-li, who died on Monday at the age of 60

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Keelung branch has decided on four possible candidates for a in the Keelung mayoral by-election in early May.

After a two-hour meeting of local staffers late on Thursday afternoon, the Keelung branch decided to send the names of four candidates -- former Keelung city councilor Su Jen-he (蘇仁和), current Keelung City Councilor Chen Chih-cheng (陳志成), Shy Shyh-ming (施世明) and You Shtang-yaw (游祥耀) -- over to the DPP's Central Executive Committee for further discussion on Tuesday.

"We hope, in next week's Central Executive Committee meeting, we will decide on a final candidate who can win the election on behalf of the party," DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lin Yi-cheng (林宜正) said after the meeting.

DPP Keelung branch Director Yu Hsiang-hui (游祥惠) said that out of the party's long list of talented potential candidates, the four that were selected have the best chance of winning the by-election.

"We definitely have to win this time," he said.

The by-election is scheduled to be held on May 12 after Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li (許財利) died from complications caused by chronic heart disease and diabetes on Monday at the age of 60.

Hsu was serving his second mayoral term after he was re-elected in 2005. Hsu was a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

According to the Public Officials Election and Recall Law (公職人員選舉罷免法), if a mayor leaves office before completing at least half of his term, a by-election must be held within three months.

The upcoming mayoral bid created a division in the pan-blue camp on Wednesday as the KMT insisted on electing a candidate through the KMT-People First Party (PFP) alliance rather than yielding the candidate nomination to the PFP.

PFP Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), who lost the Keelung mayoral election to Hsu in 2005, had expressed his intention to run in the by-election.

However, KMT members including current Keelung City Council Speaker Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) and KMT Legislator Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍) also expressed their interest in running.

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