Around 210,000 Thuringians can elect mayors

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Around 210,000 Thuringians can elect mayors

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In hundreds of Thuringian municipalities, the mostly honorary mayors will be elected on Sunday. Not much can be derived from this in terms of party politics. At least in one community it is still particularly exciting.

A mayor will be elected in 325 Thuringian municipalities on Sunday. Around 210,000 citizens aged 16 and over are called to vote, as the state returning officer announced in advance. In addition to 7 full-time and 318 honorary municipal representatives, 117 local and district mayors are also to be elected. District administrators and full-time mayors are then regularly up for election every two years.

The elections take place in the municipalities in which the term of office of the mostly honorary mayors expires on June 30th. Particularly in the Saale-Holzland district (67 municipalities), in Eichsfeld (49) and in the Saale-Orla district (33) voting is carried out in a particularly large number of municipalities. In the district of Greiz, on the other hand, only 6 out of a total of 45 municipalities hold elections. In Nordhausen there are five and in Sonneberg two.

In 224 municipalities only one candidate will be on the ballot papers on Sunday – and in 22 none at all. In this case, voters can enter the name of a person they would like to have in the post.

In terms of party politics, little can be derived from the elections on Sunday: Among the parties represented in the state parliament, only the CDU has a larger proportion of candidates with 53 applicants. Of the 406 candidates for mayoral office, 340 are individual applicants or with other parties. The proportion of women is 18.7 percent and thus slightly higher than in the last mayoral election in 2016.

The candidacy of the well-known Thuringian right-wing extremist Tommy Frenck in the 300-strong community of Kloster Veßra (Hildburghausen district) is a topic of conversation. Should he win the election against incumbent Wolfgang Möller, it remains to be seen whether he can accept his office. The Thuringian State Secretary for the Interior, Katharina Schenk, had previously said that if Frenck were to win the election, the local election law would prohibit him from taking office because he was not acting on the basis of the basic democratic order. Frenck then announced legal action against it.

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