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DPP's Su touts 'best candidate' for Taichung

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has chosen the best possible candidate to run for Taichung Mayor, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday.

The main opposition party announced that Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) would be its nominee for Taichung mayor at the end of 2013 after Lin won the DPP primaries.

Following confirmation of his candidacy, Lin thanked his supporters in Taichung and expressed his gratitude for the recognition of his 10 years of service to Taichung residents.

The slot for Taichung Mayor is coveted by both the ruling Kuomintang and the DPP, as Taiwan has been traditionally divided over politics in a geographical manner — the south being mostly pan-green and the north, pan-blue. After going pan-blue in previous elections, a victory in Taichung would be a significant victory for the DPP that could eventually enable the party to win more votes in the presidential elections in 2016. “We will win Taichung and hopefully win a national victory starting from the change of stance (in Taichung),” said Su.

The seven-in-one local elections will be held on Nov. 29. “Seven-in-one” refers to the integration of seven government elections, 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.

Unite Taiwan and Win Taichung: Lin

Lin's main slogan was heard in his press conference yesterday, as Su and Lin called “Unite Taiwan, win Taichung!”

“The Taiwanese people are able to see the lack of governing abilities in the Ma administration; they are all waiting for a chance to change things. No other way is as straightforward as voting,” said Su.

Lin marked 2014 as Taichung's turning point from the old to the new era. “This will not be about pan-greens or blues or competition between parties. This is about the people's choices for their future. This isn't about whether those in position trust their challengers, but about who can win the people's trust,” said Lin.

Lin also thanked Chai for his fair fight for the candidacy, and former DPP Secretary General Su Chia-chuan (蘇嘉全) — who gave up his bid to run for Taichung Mayor — for his courtesy when he backed out of the party primaries. Chai, in turn, called for the people to support Lin and for the DPP to stay united.

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