The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy have begun pinning down their mayoral and provincial governor candidates in the race toward the June 4th local elections.
A number of races crystalized on Wednesday.
In Busan, the nation's second largest city, the ruling Saenuri Party's candidate is Seo Byung-soo .
He'll face off against Kim Young-choon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy and independent Oh Geo-don .
"I, Seo Byung-soo, will work to solve the unemployment problem and open up a future that guarantees a bountiful life for the citizens of Busan."
In Korea's fifth largest metropolis Daejeon, Park Sung-hyo of the Saenuri Party won 60 percent of the primary vote.
"The primary vote is merely an event within the party. The ruling Saenuri Party must win in the upcoming local elections. We need your support."
In Chungcheongnam-do Province, ruling Saenuri Party's Chung Jin-seok will compete against the current provincial governor Ahn Hee-jung of the main opposition New Politics Alliance.
Current Gangwon-do province governor Choi Moon-soon of the main opposition alliance will face off with the ruling party's Choi Heung-jib .
The ruling party has finalized candidates for 14 of the 17 mayoral and provincial governor seats, while the main opposition has finalized 12 of its candidates.
Candidates are chosen through a system that takes into acccount votes from party members, randomly chosen voters from the party and the results of a phone survey.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.