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DPP says Lin Chia-lung to be nominee for Taichung mayor

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) as its party nominee for Taichung mayor yesterday.

The DPP released the results of its most recent public survey yesterday, in which Lin won approval over the other DPP aspirant Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌). The survey determined the party's prime candidate for the position in 2014's seven-in-one elections.

After the results were released, Lin said that he would be “shouldering a major responsibility in order to realize the wishes of Taichung citizens.”

Lin thanked the people of Taichung for their support. “This means that my 10 years of hard work have been acknowledged and approved by the citizens.”

“Seven-in-one” refers to the integration of seven government elections to be held in the same year, a proposal that was broached to save election costs by the Legislative Yuan in 2008. The seven local elections will determine the mayors of special municipalities (Taipei City and Kaohsiung City), city and county councilors, county magistrates and township leaders simultaneously starting from 2014.

When asked about his intraparty opponent, Lin said that “Tsai has displayed maturity and efficiency in the party preliminaries, making the competition a respectable affair. I will be including his political views into my blueprints for Taichung's future as well.”

According to DPP Secretary General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀), the survey shows that both Tsai and Lin's approval rates surpass those of current Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強).

The DPP lost the Taichung mayoral elections to the Kuomingtang (KMT) party by a 3-percent margin in 2010. Greater Taichung is a key area in regional elections, for both the KMT and the DPP, as it geologically separates traditionally pan-blue northern Taiwan from the pan-green south.

Lin scored approval ratings of 44.73 percent, Tsai 34.3 percent and Hu a mere 23.6 percent.

Earlier, former vice presidential candidate Su Chia-chuan (蘇嘉全) also expressed a wish to run for the position, but later dropped out. The DPP has been worried that having three candidates will complicate things. Lin was the earliest of the three candidates to announce his decision to run for Taichung City mayor, and stressed his determination, saying in March, “I will not give way to Su and sacrifice my chances again.” He was referring to his stepping aside for Su in the previous mayoral elections for Taichung City.

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