Battleground Kaohsiung: DPP stalwart Chen Chi-mai seen as the man to beat

Mr Chen Chi-mai speaking at a rally in Kaohsiung earlier this month. The man nicknamed "Mr Quick", after his pet phrase in Parliament, has a solid track record and is said to have displayed the strongest grasp of Kaohsiung matters.
Mr Chen Chi-mai speaking at a rally in Kaohsiung earlier this month. The man nicknamed "Mr Quick", after his pet phrase in Parliament, has a solid track record and is said to have displayed the strongest grasp of Kaohsiung matters.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

On paper, Mr Chen Chi-mai looks like the best candidate to be the next mayor of Kaohsiung.

The 53-year-old Kaohsiung native is a stalwart of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and boasts a long political resume: legislator, party policy wonk, Cabinet spokesman, and Minister without Portfolio. He was even acting Kaohsiung mayor for eight months in 2005. "I'm ready (to lead Kaohsiung), I've been preparing for this for the past 23 years," Mr Chen told reporters earlier this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'DPP stalwart seen as the man to beat '. Print Edition | Subscribe