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DPP supports Cheng Yung-chin for Hsinchu County Commissioner
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-09-03 05:25 PM
The DPP Central Standing Committee (CSC) announced Wednesday that it will not nominate a candidate in the race for Hsinchu County magistrate. Instead, the party will throw its support behind Cheng Yung-chin, a former Hsinchu County magistrate who withdrew from the KMT in order to run against incumbent magistrate Chiu Ching-chun, who is standing for re-election.

Cheng’s announcement August 13 that he would contest the election as an independent against Chiu had thrown the KMT into disarray, with media asking Cheng constantly whether he would seek the support of the DPP. Hsinchu County is generally a safe bet for the Blues, but Cheng’s decision opened a window of opportunity for Greens in the county. DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying said Wednesday, however, that Hualien County, Kinmen County and Lienchiang County represent tough battles for the DPP, and the party CSC decided not to nominate a candidate in Hsinchu County in order to concentrate better on other areas.

Huang Di-ying added that for three weeks beginning next week the CSC will focus on races in Nantou, Chiayi and Hsinchu counties to boost support for the candidates the party is backing in local elections in November.

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