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Su skips the in-laws to stump for Taichung's Lin Chia-lung

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) chose not to visit his in-laws with his wife on Saturday, choosing to bolster Taichung mayor candidate Lin Chia-lung's (林佳龍) election campaign.

Su accompanied Lin in passing out red envelopes at various temples in Taichung, hoping to boost Lin's support rate after he won the candidacy over fellow DPP aspirant Chai Chi-chung (蔡其昌).

"The DPP hopes to win three out of the six cities in the seven-in-one elections; the ultimate battle will begin in Central Taiwan. We are not only looking to win in Taichung — this victory better bring Chunghua and Nantou Counties for us as well," said Su.

The chairman praised Lin for his traits that made him a fitting candidate, saying that the citizens of Taichung wanted a change in politics as well. "In the party primary surveys, both DPP candidates gained more votes of approval than current Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強). The DPP is uniting in order to truly change Taichung," said Su.

As Hu — who has been in position for 12 years — has not yet announced his bid for the position, Lin said that it did not matter whether he did or not. "The point is who can win the trust of the people," said Lin.

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.

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, city and county councilors, county magistrates and township leaders simultaneously.

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