Former Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday agreed to run for mayor of New Taipei City. That’s at the urging of President Tsai Ing-wen who is also the chair of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Su had previously said he was not planning to run in the election and wanted to give the opportunity to someone younger.
Tsai told Su that the New Taipei City mayoral race will be key in the local and municipal elections in November. She said it could drive the DPP’s momentum nationwide.
Tsai said she and the DPP election campaign committee believe that Su is the best candidate. She asked for Su to run in the race without regard for personal honor but for the sake of New Taipei City, for the DPP and for Taiwan.
Tsai praised Su’s accomplishments as head of the Taipei county government from 1994 to 2004, before it was upgraded to a city. She said his record was a role model for DPP-led local governments.
In turn, Su said he can only win if the DPP is united in the elections. Su will be registered as a formal candidate on April 25.