While NPP Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), who was ranked fourth on the party’s legislator-at-large nominee list, did not win a seat, NPP Chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said that the former NPP chairman would continue to play a crucial role in the party.
Asked what the NPP’s next step would be and whether Huang would consider running for Taipei mayor in 2022, Hsu said the party aims to increase its influence at the legislative and local levels.
“The NPP will not be absent in the city mayor and county councilor elections,” he told reporters at the NPP’s headquarters before embarking on the tour.
In the local elections on Nov. 24, 2018, the party won 16 city and county councilor seats, he said, adding: “We hope to not only double, but triple that number.”
As the NPP also reached the 5 percent threshold to nominate its own candidate in the 2024 presidential election, the party would “cherish that right,” Hsu said.
He said that his plan to return to teaching after completing his term as legislator at the end of the month remains unchanged, and has already planned his classes.
The NPP’s future and the next chairperson would be determined by the party’s decisionmaking committee, he added.
Huang said that although he is not a member of the committee, he hopes that Hsu will continue to serve as chairman until the end of his term.
“As a party member I strongly hope that Yang-ming will continue to lead us,“ he said.