Tsai Ing-wen campaigns in Taichung

Su Jia-chyuan in the crowd

Last night I attended a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) campaign rally in Taichung. The rally for legislative candidate Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was held in a primary school hall in the West District of Taichung.

Directing the crowd

As people entered the gates there were tables for collecting donations and registering support for the campaigns. Flags were also handed out and people holding minor positions in the party were introduced by name as they entered the hall.

Politicians shakes hands at DPP rally

In the hall there was lots of handshaking and greeting among the various local politicians and their supporters.

MCs of the rally

Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華) and Huang Guo-shu (黃國書), both city councillors, were the MCs for the evening. Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明), a professor at Soochow University and regular on the Talking Show (大話新聞), and Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君), a legislator-at-large candidate for the DPP, came on stage to warm to warm up the crowd. Hsu spoke about Lin Chia-lung’s leadership of the student movement in the early years of Taiwan’s democratisation.

DPP politician Su Jia-chyuan

Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) was the next to enter the hall and speak to the crowd. He narrowly missed out on being elected as mayor of Taichung last year. He is now directing Tsai Ing-wen’s campaign in central Taiwan.

DPP politician Lin Chia-lung

Lin Chia-lung was next to speak. Lin is considered one of the leading figures in the younger generation of DPP politicians. He was a leader of the Wild Lily Movement (野百合學運) and later went on to serve as Minister of the Government Information Office. He moved to Taichung in 2005 to run for mayor and has since been based in Taichung with the hope of being elected to higher office.

Tsai Ing-wen campaigns in Taichung

Tsai Ing-wen took to the stage flanked by an entourage of local politicians some of whom were candidates for the legislature. I felt her speech was a bit flat. She talked about the DPP’s achievements while it controlled the executive from 2000 to 2008 including the development of the Taichung Science Park. However, she tended to ramble on a bit and lacked a clear message for voters to take away. However, it’s still early days in the campaign and this rally was more of a warm up than the main event.

*More photos in the DPP rally in Taichung set at flickr.

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