KMT races for Legislative Yuan from Taipei shaping up

An internal poll conducted by the KMT regarding the intentions of incumbent legislators and other party members in advance of next year’s legislative elections indicates that a real tussle is shaping up in many of Taipei’s eight legislative constituencies. The biggest battle appears to be looming in the city’s 4th Legislative District (covering the districts of Neihu and Nangang), where incumbent Alex Tsai announced earlier this year that he would not be standing for election to the lawmaking body this time around. In that particular race as many as eight KMT members may be vying for the party’s nomination.

In the 9th Legislative District (area-cum-Aboriginal) one candidate has shown interest, the incumbent: Aboriginal Legislator Kung Wen-chi.

Taipei 1st Constituency (13 boroughs in Beitou and Shilin districts): incumbent legislator Ting Shou-chung

Taipei 2nd Constituency (38 boroughs in Datong and Shilin districts): incumbent legislator Pasuya Yao

Taipei 3rd Constituency (20 boroughs in Zhongshan and Songshan districts):
Incumbent legislator Luo Shulei; Taipei City Councilor Wang Hung-wei; former KMT Vice Chairman John Chiang’s son Chiang Wan-an

Taipei 4th Constituency (Neihu, Nangang District): former Legislator Chiu Yi; Hsu Shu-bo; Chang Hsien-yao; Taipei City Councilor Chueh Mei-sha; Wu Shih-cheng; Li Yan-hsiu; Tang Su-ying; Huang Tsu-che.

Taipei 5th Constituency (21 boroughs in Wanhua and Zhongzheng districts): incumbent Legislator Lin Yu-fang; Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping: Ying Hsiao-wei.

Taipei 6th constituency (Daan District): Incumbent legislator Chiang Nai-xin; Taipei City Councilor Ou-yang Lung; KMT Cultural and Communications Committee Chairman Edward Lam.

Taipei 7th Constituency (13 boroughs in Xinyi and Songshan districts): Incumbent Legislator Alex Fai Hrong-tai; Taipei City Councilor Hui-chu Chin

Taipei 8th Constituency (ten boroughs in Wenshan and Zhongzheng districts): incumbent Legislator Lai Shyh-bao; Hsieh Chung-chen; Wang Chih-ya

Notable candidates in this group include Chiang Wan-an and Edward Lam. Chiang has frequently exhorted young people to stand up and stand out, while City Council veteran Edward Lam says the rather high number of competitors joining the fray shows that the KMT does not shy away from fighting.

In addition, Alex Tsai’s decision not to run again in the Neihu-Nangang constituency has inspired several Taipei City Councilors to try for a step upwards in vying for the vacancy. In the last election in this constituency Tsai walloped the DPP’s Lee Chien-cheng by 111,260 votes to 78,097 votes, a margin that indicates whoever wins the nomination from the party is virtually a shoo-in for the Legislative Yuan.