Female KMT candidates defeat male opponents in 7 of Taiwan's municipal races

The KMT's strategy of nominating more women than men for city mayor and county magistrate elections proved successful

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –Kuomintang’s (KMT) strategy of nominating more women than men for city mayor and county magistrate elections achieved a slam dunk success in Saturday's mayoral and country magistrate elections.

All seven of the party's female candidates prevailed in their respective races in Saturday’s nine-in-one elections, ushering in a new wave of feminine power in Taiwan’s local politics.

The seven KMT female candidates are Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) for Taichung, Legislator Wang Hui-mei (王惠美) for Changhua County, Legislator Chang Li-shan (張麗善) for Yunlin County, former Chiayi mayor Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) for Chiayi City, Legislator Hsu Chen-wei (徐榛蔚) for Hualien County, Luodong Township (羅東) Mayor Lin Zi-miao (林姿妙) for Yilan County, and Taitung County Council Speaker Rao Ching-ling (饒慶鈴) for Taitung County.

They all beat their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) male opponents to win the races. In fact, no female contestants survived DPP’s primaries for any of the 2018 mayor and county magistrate races.

When they take office, these seven incoming mayors and county magistrates will mark the highest number of female leaders at the level of municipality-chief that Taiwan has ever seen at one time.

In 2014, only two female candidates for mayor and county magistrate races emerged victorious from the local elections—former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and Chiayi County Magistrate Helen Chang (張花冠), both DPP members.