OUT OF LEFT FIELD:The new party’s two candidates for districts in Taipei are set to take on conservative male incumbents, with a platform of social and rights issues
Date: Mar 25, 2015
By: Lii Wen / Staff writer
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) — a center-left political party set to be launched on
Sunday — yesterday announced its plans to field two prominent social activists for next year’s legislative elections: gay rights advocate Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔) and anti-death-penalty activist Miao Po-ya (苗博雅).
The two candidates — both openly lesbian — are to face off against incumbent male contenders from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), prompting the SDP to brand their campaign as “a showdown between girls and uncles.
Lu plans to enter the race for Taipei’s Xinyi (信義) and Songshan (松山) districts against the KMT’s Alex Fai (費鴻泰), while Miao is to go up against the KMT’s Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) in Taipei’s Wenshan (文山) and southern Zhongzheng (中正) districts. [FULL STORY]