Legislative speaker’s wife drops out of Pingtung legislative race

Taipei-The wife of Legislative Speaker Su Jia- chyuan (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Hung Heng-chu (???), announced Tuesday she will not run in the Jan. 11 legislative elections in southern Pingtung County.

Hung said in a statement that after abandoning her bid for a legislative seat as an independent against the DPP's incumbent lawmaker Chung Chia-pin (???) as well as four other candidates in the district, she and her campaign office staff will join the supporters group of President Tsai Ing-wen (???).

Hung announced last month the withdrawal of her DPP membership to enter the legislative elections in the county's Constituency 1 as an independent.

Earlier Tuesday, Hung said she had received a call from Tsai in which the president promised she would take good care of Pingtung, which is also Tsai's hometown.

Hung said that when reaching out to grassroots communities in Pingtung over the past few days, many residents expressed concern about the gap in development between the southernmost county and the north of the country.

However, Hung said that a strong and powerful leader can be relied upon to solve their problems, adding that Tsai is a good choice for the county.

Hung had previously said she would consider withdrawing her candidacy should Su's nephew, Su Chen-ching (???), decide to run for re-election in the county.

It has been widely reported that the DPP wants Su, an incumbent DPP legislator, to seek a fourth term as a lawmaker in Pingtung's Constituency 2, while nominating its current candidate in the district -- incumbent lawmaker Chuang Jui-hsiung (???) -- for a legislator-at-large position.

However, Su Chen-ching denied the reports.

Currently, Chuang and his KMT challenger, Chou Chia-chi (???), are the only two candidates competing in Constituency 2.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel