Backed by People Are The Boss, these two candidates admit a slim chance of getting elected, but believe that their campaigns aren’t only about winning
High tension in the months leading up to the nine-in-one elections will finally subside as each of us goes to bed tonight, content — or not so content — with knowing who now controls the city halls, township councils and wardens’ offices. But for candidates Chung Chun-chu and Wu Juo-ying, the election results were never the primary concern.
“We are an activist group. We don’t do things purely for the sake of getting elected,” says Wu, who is running for warden of Shuanglian Borough in Datong District.
Wu and Chung are members of the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS), a rights group aiming to destigmatize and re-legalize sex work.
For the two female activists, the main goal of their campaigns has been to foster civic engagement and empowerment, so that eventually the people may change the existing political system.