DPP's Yu Shyi-kun to run for New Taipei mayor
By Katherine Wei ,The China Post
December 4, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After a public survey, the main opposition party announced yesterday that former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) will be representing the party in running for New Taipei City mayor in 2014.
As local political parties begin gearing up for the elections barely one year away, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took the lead in announcing the first batch of its candidates on Nov. 20; among the seven party nominees, four will be running for re-election.
The party turned to the people's opinion when choosing between Yu and former DPP Legislator Chuang Shuo-han (莊碩漢). Previous hopeful Lo Chih-cheng had withdrawn from the intraparty competition two weeks ago after saying that he did not have enough time to prepare for the elections.
“The real challenges begin only after the mayoral primary ends,” said Yu after the DPP announced his lead in the survey. “Only if we bond and stay united can the DPP win the New Taipei City elections. We will be able to win in (the different elections) in Taiwan after winning New Taipei City.”
New Taipei in 2014, Taiwan in 2016
Yu announced his primary plans for the elections after expressing his gratitude for support from different fields. “I am grateful for all your support. It eventually allowed me the opportunity to represent the DPP in the 2014 elections.”
“The DPP had ruled New Taipei City for 16 consecutive years in the past, and proved to be efficient and successful. I can feel the people's hope in our party in the recent years I communicated with the citizens of New Taipei City; each hand I shook seemed to convey its owner's disappointment in the failing economy and also the expectation of a change for the better. The expectation is what every DPP generation should shoulder,” stated Yu.
“We shall regain New Taipei City in 2014 and then Taiwan in 2016,” said Yu, who also reiterated his belief that the DPP would win the elections by uniting as one. “This election is like a tug-of-war, there is no hero, only teamwork. Our only choice is to plough on with determination.”
Yu also expressed his respect for Chuang and Lo, both of whom are devoted to serving the people, he said.
Among the pan-green camp's nominees for the elections, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德), Chiayi County Magistrate Helen Chang (張花冠) and Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) will be running for re-election.