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DPP picks Cheng Wen-tsan as Taoyuan mayoral candidate

TAIPEI -- Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), former chief of the now defunct Government Information Office, has emerged as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Taoyuan County chief, the opposition party said yesterday, announcing the results of its primary.

He will run in November against the incumbent John Wu (吳志揚) of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in the northern Taiwan county, which has a population of two million and is set to become a municipality at the end of the year.

Cheng, who beat two other DPP hopefuls in three primary polls conducted late Wednesday, will be formally nominated May 28 as the DPP's candidate in Taoyuan, which will elect a mayor in preparation for its upgrade to a municipality.

The specific figures in the primary polls will not be released, as agreed by the three contestants. Cheng, however, disclosed that the polls showed him trailing Wu by 9 percentage points.

Cheng said he will put every effort into wresting Taoyuan from Wu, who defeated him by a slim margin of 49,000 ballots just over four years ago, although Cheng had only two months to prepare for the election.

The Taoyuan mayoral poll will be part of nationwide local government elections scheduled for November 29.

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