Pop singer’s husband to run against DPP lawmaker

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang will draft the husband of prominent pop singer Selina Jen to run against a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker in Taipei City, a party official said Friday.
Jen, a member of the popular female trio S.H.E, was severely burned in an explosion during the filming of a television drama in China in 2010.
Her husband, Richard Chang, is not just the husband of a pop star, but an attorney and a faithful party member, KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin told reporters Friday, when rumors about his nomination emerged. Chang is also the son of a former lawmaker named Chang Chih-liang.
Hau said talks with the younger Chang were still continuing, though reports said the KMT might announce next week it would draft him to run in the January 16 election for the seat covering the Shilin and Datong districts.
The incumbent lawmaker for that area is Yao Wen-chih, a former government spokesman seen as close to ex-Premier Frank Hsieh. Yao is the only DPP politician to have won a seat in KMT-dominated Taipei City, which counts eight legislative seats.
The election district in question is seen as a soft target because its population is roughly evenly divided between KMT and DPP supporters. As a result, the seat changed hands at nearly every recent election.
In 2008, KMT candidate Justin Chou defeated DPP stalwart Wang Shih-hsien, but he lost to Yao in 2012. The KMT is now hoping that Chang can topple Yao, even though most opinion polls predict that the ruling party will have a hard time in the January 16 election, when voters will also choose the next president.
The DPP is hoping it will win a presidential election for the first time since 2004 but also an absolute majority at the Legislative Yuan for the first time ever.