Ting Shou-chung wins KMT primary for Taipei mayoral race

Former Kuomintang Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) has won the opposition party's primary to become its candidate in the election for Taipei mayor. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.5.2)

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Former Kuomintang Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) has won the opposition party’s primary to become its candidate in the election for Taipei mayor on Nov. 24, the KMT announced Wednesday.

The primary consisted of public opinion polls conducted between April 29 and May 1 by three different polling companies following two televised debates organized by the KMT for the candidates.

Ting finished at the top of all three polls with an average 47.634 percent approval rating, ahead of three other competitors.

Former KMT Legislator Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) was second with 18.205 percent support, followed by former Mainland Affairs Council deputy chief Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) (17.235 percent) and Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) (16.926 percent), according to data released by the party.

Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), Sun Ta-chien (孫大千), Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) and Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) (from the left) (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.5.2)

Based on the results of the polls, Ting is expected to be formally named as the party’s candidate for the Taipei mayoral race at the KMT Central Standing Committee meeting on May 9, the party said.

After learning of the results, Ting said he will work to solidify the support of voters favoring the KMT-led pan-blue camp and solicit the support of independent voters by proposing effective public policies.

Ting said his three rivals in the primary have expressed their willingness to join his election campaign team.

He also plans to call for unity among all parties in the pan-blue camp and solicit support from People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and other independent candidate, he said.

To attract pan-green camp supporters, Ting intends to propose well-designed urban development plans.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yao Wen-chih (姚文智), who has announced his intention to run in the Taipei mayoral election, said Ting’s victory in the KMT’s primary was no surprise, and he called on the DPP to nominate a candidate to retake the capital in the Taipei mayoral race.

The city’s incumbent mayor is independent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who was supported by the DPP in the 2014 mayoral election.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Liu Chien-pang, Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao)