DPP gains magistrate seats in Central Taiwan

By Amy Chyan, The China Post

Keelung City

Keelung’s hometown boy and Democratic Progressive Party- (DPP) nominated mayoral candidate Lin Yu-chang (�L�k��) easily took the seat for Keelung mayor yesterday, beating his Kuomintang- (KMT) nominated opponent Hsieh Li-kung (�¥ߥ\). Lin beat Hsieh by more than 40,000 votes. A strong candidate this term, Lin lost the 2009 election with 65,673 votes, 42.08 percent of the total. In the last Keelung mayoral election, the KMT was able to win over 55.10 percent of the electorate at 86,001 votes. Hsinchu County The close race in Hsinchu County’s political scene ended up with Chiu Ching-chun (�����E) winning the Hsinchu County magisterial seat. Chiu and independent candidate Cheng Yung-ching (�G�ê�) have been nemeses in Hsinchu’s political scene for more than 20 years.

Chiu won by a difference of less than 5,000 votes.

In the last magisterial election, Chiu was elected with 38.48 percent of the vote at 97,151 votes. In comparison, the DPP missed the magisterial seat with 77,126 votes. Hsinchu City

The DPP’s strategy of calling on a young candidate for Hsinchu’s mayoral race has worked, resulting in Lin Chih-chien (�L����) taking over mayoral duties from incumbent Mayor and KMT candidate Hsu Ming-tsai (�\���]). It was a close call, with Lin defeating Hsu only 1,000 votes.

In the last mayoral election, Hsu won with 92,667 votes at 55.63 percent of the electorate. Miaoli County