Taiwan People’s Party announces legislator-at-large nominees for 2020 elections

20-Nov-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Newly formed party trying to appeal to frustrated swing voters, aims to secure 8 or more legislative seats

The newly formed Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) disclosed on Tuesday (November 19) its list of 29 nominees for legislator-at-large seats in the January 11 elections, a week after the two major political parties nailed down their lists.

Social activist-turned-Taipei City Labour Affairs Department chief Lai Hsiang-lin tops the list, followed by economist and NSYSU Professor Jang Chyi-lu; Ann Kao, former big data team leader at Foxconn and confidant to company founder Terry Gou; and entrepreneur Chiu Chen-yuan.

Also on the list are Tsai Pi-ju, physician and confidant to Taipei Mayor and TPP founder Ko Wen-je, entrepreneur Yang Bo-yu, and Cynthia Wu, a member of the family behind the Shin Kong business empire.

Another high-profile nominee is Taipei City government spokesperson Anne Huang, who was ranked No. 13. Lai, Tsai, and Huang, who are still working in the Taipei City government, are said to be resigning from their posts to dedicate themselves to the elections.

Ko said that the average age of TPP candidates is 41.4, much younger than the KMT’s 65. When asked how many seats the party could secure, Ko responded that it is too hard to predict for now.

Ko added that “Unlike the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Kuomintang, the TPP is looking at numbers and efficiency” in an effort to appeal to people across the political spectrum and frustrated swing voters in particular.

Another minority party, the People First Party (PFP), is slated to nominate its legislators-at-large candidates on Wednesday (November 20), media reported.



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