Legislative by-elections will be held in Taipei and Nantou next year to fill the seats left by Taipei City Mayor-elect Chiang Wan-an and Nantou County Magistrate-elect Hsu Shu-hua. In Taipei, observers have picked Hsu Chiao-shin, Wang Hung-wei, Lee Guei-min, and Cheng Li-wun as possible candidates for the pan-blue camp. On the pan-green side, Ruan Jhao-syong and Enoch Wu have expressed interest in running.
A by-election for Taipei City Mayor-elect Chiang Wan-an's legislative seat will be held on Jan. 8. Candidates may register between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2. While observers say Hsu Chiao-hsin and Wang Hung-wei, both of whom were just reelected to the Taipei City Council, are the most likely candidates for the pan-blue camp, both say they are not interested in running. Former lawmaker Lo Shu-lei says she would run if recruited by the party. Other possible candidates include at-large lawmakers Lee Guei-min and Cheng Li-wun.
Wang Hung-wei, Taipei City Councilor (KMT): “The party should conduct a survey as soon as possible and then nominate the candidate that has the best chance of winning. I'm in an awkward position, as everyone knows. I was just reelected as a city councilor. My new term hasn't even started yet and I'd have to register for the election this week. Therefore, I'm not interested in running.”
Over in the pan-green camp, Taipei City Councilor Ruan Jhao-syong and Forward Alliance Chair Enoch Wu have expressed interest in running. Liang Wen-chieh, who was not reelected to the Taipei City Council, is also regarded as a possible candidate. The DPP's new acting chair will decide on a nominee.
Ruan Jhao-syong, Taipei City Councilor (DPP): “Once we have an acting party chair, he or she will make the decision. Nominees have been decided by primaries, recruitment or other methods in the past. I believe in the party's system.”
Apart from the by-election in Taipei's District 3, a by-election will be held to fill the legislative seat left vacant by Hsu Shu-hua after her sweeping victory in Nantou County. Possible candidates include KMT's Nantou County chapter head Lin Ju-bin and Nantou City Mayor Song Huai-lin for the KMT, and Jiji Township Chief Chen Ji-heng and Tseng Tsung-kai for the DPP. Tseng is the Nantou service office manager for lawmaker Huang Hsiu-fang.