The KMT has announced former lawmaker Yen Kuan-heng as its candidate in the Taichung City legislative by-election, saying Yen represents local voices. Yen will face off with the DPP's Lin Ching-yi and educator Lin Chin-lien.
Kuomintang Chair Eric Chu and Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen show their support for the party's legislative by-election candidate, Yen Kuan-heng.
Eric Chu, KMT Chair: “Yen Kuan-heng has deep roots in the community and he understands what the people need. He is the best candidate for the second electoral district.”
Yen, who has experience as a lawmaker, says he is a local through and through and he doesn't want his hometown to become a battleground for party politics.
Yen Kuan-heng, KMT Legislative Candidate: “Local residents need to choose a candidate that is able to truly represent them and their community, a candidate who will fight for them and their rights. Therefore, this election can't be just a fight between political parties.”
Yen will be running against the Democratic Progressive Party's Lin Ching-yi, who is also a former lawmaker. Lin says voters can analyze for themselves who did better as a lawmaker.
Lin Ching-yi, DPP Legislative Candidate: “Compare the quality of our proposals, our service cases, the content of our proposed bills, and the quality and content of our interpellations. These are the aspects a member of the legislature should be judged on.”
The by-election will be held on Jan. 9 just a few weeks after the public referendums on Dec. 18. It is widely seen as a weathervane for the 2022 presidential elections. Li Ming Kindergarten's Lin Chin-lien has also thrown his hat in the ring. The Taiwan People's Party has not yet decided if it will field a candidate.