Legislator Chuang Jui-hsiung said he will take part in the already "crowded" party's primary for the Pingtung County magistrate election, becoming the third legislator inside the DPP who have expressed an interest in succeeding Pan Men-an, who will step down next year after two terms.
Chuang Jui-hsiung, Legislator (DPP): “The people of Pingtung need to have self-confidence, and loudly shout that Pingtung can become better, that Pingtung can surpass Kaohsiung!”
Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an will finish serving his second term in 2022, and the competition in the Democratic Progressive Party to succeed him is fierce. Legislator Chuang Jui-hsiung announced on Dec. 22 that he will be running in the party's primary to select its magisterial candidate. It appears his platform is based on helping Pingtung to surpass Kaohsiung, and turning the "tail" of Taiwan into its "head." Pan previously said his preferred successor is Legislator Chou Chun-mi, so Chuang publicly sent a message to Pan.
Chuang Jui-hsiung, Legislator (DPP): “It has never been the tradition of Pingtung to appoint a successor. It's not the Democratic Progressive Party's culture either.”
Chuang announced his candidacy at a press conference, and Chiayi County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang showed up to support him, while Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien and Keelung City Mayor Lin Yu-chang backed Chuang through prerecorded videos. Nearly 10 legislators from both Tsai Ing-wen and Su Tseng-chang's factions were also present. Chou intends to participate in the primary, as does fellow Legislator Chung Chia-pin. They wished Chuang well and said they would work hard.
Chou Chun-mi, Legislator (DPP): “Everyone is working hard to win the primary, and afterwards we'll show a united front to the outside.”
Chung Chia-pin, Legislator (DPP): “Legislator Chuang Jui-hsiung and I are currently fighting for the Democratic Progressive Party's nomination. However, during the election, we will work together.”
Independent Legislator Su Chen-ching, a former member of the DPP, has made no secret that he is interested in running and has been holding symposiums in Pingtung. He said he will wait until the DPP decides on its candidate before making a formal announcement.