President Tsai Ing-wen has traveled to Nantou County in central Taiwan as the campaign season for local elections at the end of the year begins.
Tsai was in Nantou County Saturday to support her party’s candidate for county head, Hung Kuo-hao.
Party officials say Tsai’s choice of Nantou County as her first stop on behalf of local candidates shows her optimism that the county can be flipped to her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). They say that while the current county head, Lee Ming-chen, belongs to the opposition KMT, his 2014 election was won by a margin of only around 5000 votes.
DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu says that Tsai’s next appearances in support of local candidates are still being planned. Hung said that Tsai must balance her two roles as president and as DPP chairperson.