Speculation over bid by Su for New Taipei mayor
Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tsengchang ( ) recently relocated his official residency from Taipei City to New Taipei City, prompting widespread speculation that Su is preparing to seek candidacy for New Taipei City’s mayoral election should incumbent New Taipei City Mayor and Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu ( ) decide to resign from his current post and run for the presidency in 2016.
According to the United Evening News, several sources have predicted that should Chu decide to run during the 2016 presidential election, the mayor would have to choose between running as an incumbent city mayor or relinquish his current post. Should Chu opt for the latter, the position of New Taipei mayor would be open for challengers.
As such, Su, who has had a very positive record as former Taipei County Magistrate, would prove to be a strong contender for the DPP against potential KMT candidates should he seek the position of New Taipei mayor.
The United Evening News stated that Su’s staff confirmed the former magistrate had indeed relocated to New Taipei City before Chinese New Year. However, the staff also reportedly said that Su’s move was not an act of election preparation, but simply so that he would be able to vote for his daughter, Su Chiao-hui (
), who is running for the legislative seat representing New Taipei City’s Shulin and Yingge Districts.
The former DPP chairman’s staff further went on to implore people from making irrelevant theories as they would become unnecessary burdens to Su and the DPP.
However, political analysts have still concluded that Su’s relocation will nonetheless create pressure for the mayor. Political analysts elaborated that if Chu chooses to retain his mayoral position and not run, he might risk being branded as lacking confidence. Analysts also said that if the mayor chooses to run for presidency, he would have to make sure that the KMT would retain control over New Taipei City.