The ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) on Wednesday designated former lawmaker Lin Ching-yi (???) as its candidate for the legislative by-election in Taichung slated for Jan. 9, 2022.
The decision was made during the DPP's Central Executive Committee meeting, with Lin, now 47, praised as the party's "strongest combat power" for the upcoming battle.
Lin will run for the position left vacant by recalled Taiwan Statebuilding Party legislator Chen Po-wei (???) in Taichung's second electoral constituency.
"Lin is the most competitive candidate," said President Tsai Ing-wen (???) in her capacity as the DPP's chair.
She described Lin as an experienced politician who is passionate and professional about political work, as well as brave enough to take on the mantle to run in the by-election.
Lin expressed confidence that her past experience as a legislator would help her win the constituency's trust and make it better.
After receiving her degree in medicine at Chung Shan Medical University, Lin worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist at the school's affiliated hospital. She was appointed as the head of the DPP's women's development department in 2014 and then became the head of its international affairs department in 2019.
She acted as the spokesperson for the Tsai Ing-wen presidential reelection campaign in 2020, from which she resigned after an interview with Deutsche Welle.
In the interview, Lin said supporters of Chinese unification "are calling for the nation's sovereignty to be abandoned so that it can become a part of China."
She was elected to the Legislative Yuan as a legislator-at-large in 2016 and finished her term in 2020. She later resumed working in a hospital and remains outspoken about politics and medical issues, often taking to Facebook to voice her opinions and criticism.
Meanwhile, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has not decided on its candidate for the race as yet, though the party is pushing Yen Kuan-heng (???), a former legislator who Chen defeated by a thin margin in the 2020 election, to run again.
According to KMT Taichung headquarters, Yen is still hesitant and the party is also trying to look for other potential candidates. The KMT candidate will be announced no later than Nov. 17, party resources said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel