Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) yesterday announced his intention to run in the Taipei mayoral election next year, while former DPP legislator Chuan Shuo-han (莊碩漢) separately threw his hat in the ring for the party’s primary in New Taipei City’s (新北市) mayoral race.
Hsu, who has nine years of experience governing then-Tainan City, made the announcement at a fundraising event held yesterday by his supporters’ association in Taipei that drew more than 7,500 people.
So far in the pan-green camp, Wellington Koo (顧立雄), who was a lawyer for former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and DPP Taipei City Council Deputy Speaker Chou Po-ya (周柏雅) have informally expressed interest in the Taipei contest.
Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) is reportedly set to hold a press conference on Saturday next week to formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Taipei.
Chuan became the DPP’s third aspirant in the contest for New Taipei City mayor, following Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), director of the DPP’s New Taipei City chapter, who declared his interest in running earlier this month, and former premier Yu Shyi-kun, who announced his candidacy late last month.
According to DPP regulations, negotiations will be conducted in constituencies with multiple candidates to determine a single candidate. If negotiations fail, public opinion surveys will be used to finalize the nominations.