Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) won a hard-fought party primary to be its nominee in this year's Kaohsiung mayoral election, the DPP announced Wednesday.
Chen finished first in all three public opinion polls conducted by the DPP Survey Center and two polling companies, respectively, beating three other DPP lawmakers Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟), Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺) and Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), the party said in a statement.
The DPP is expected to release on March 14 the official list of its nominees for November's Kaohsiung and Tainan mayoral and Yilan and Chiayi county magistrate elections, according to the party.
Chen said after winning the nomination that he plans to work with city residents to build Kaohsiung into a smart city and an economic capital, while promoting prosperity and progress.
A physician from Keelung, Chen started his political career as a member of the Legislative Yuan in 1996 and served as a legislator for almost eight years until 2004. He was later elected as a legislator representing Kaohsiung in 2012, a position he still holds.
Chen was appointed Acting Kaohsiung Mayor in February 2005 following then-mayor Frank Hsieh's appointment as premier but resigned in September that year to take responsibility for a riot by Thai laborers the previous month over poor working conditions on the Kaohsiung MRT construction project.
Chen served as a deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office from February 2007 until the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in May 2008.