Presumably shortly before the first Advent there will be a new attempt to elect a mayor for social affairs and culture. Mayor Sven Schulze (SPD), after his veto against the outcome of the election determined by drawing lots at the end of last month, gave the factions of the city council as a new date the …
Presumably shortly before the first Advent there will be a new attempt to elect a mayor for social affairs and culture. Mayor Sven Schulze (SPD), after his veto against the outcome of the election determined by drawing lots at the end of last month, proposed the council meeting on November 24th as a new date to the parliamentary groups of the city council. Because of the upcoming summer break, it can be assumed that the steps planned for such appointment procedures cannot be completed earlier, it says.
Shortening the way to the election is hardly possible, according to a city hall spokeswoman. The city administration must first submit its draft of the tender text to the parliamentary groups of the city council. They can then submit their comments. Only then will the job advertisement be published in newspapers and on the Internet. Interested parties then have three, maybe four weeks to submit their documents.
After the deadline and examination of the documents, members of the city council can view the applications and invite candidates to their parliamentary groups to get an impression. The administrative and finance committee decides beforehand which applicants are allowed to present themselves again in person at the decisive meeting of the city council.
The months in advance offer the parties a new opportunity to be clear about their expectations of the applicants. It is also considered advantageous that if there is an election in November, the Bundestag election will also be history. Because in the context of the vote in the city council two weeks ago, there was also talk of threats to address disapproving voting behavior in the federal election campaign.
There is definitely scope to modify the requirements for applicants compared to the first attempt – but only to a limited extent with the salary in prospect. Because the salary of councilors is specified in the Saxon Salary Act and is based on personal requirements. The salary level for cities the size of Chemnitz is in the upper four-digit range. It’s somewhere between that of a senior government official and a police chief. The parties represented in the city council are already discussing how to prepare for the second attempt at the election. Most recently, the city councilors of the CDU were exposed to massive criticism. The reason: The votes for the almost unknown candidate from Lower Saxony, who ultimately became the election winner, apparently came primarily from their ranks, apart from AfD, parts of the FDP and the right-wing extremist group Pro Chemnitz.
The reactions to this turned out to be quite different within the CDU councils. While some city councilors were satisfied with the failure of the left-wing politician Susanne Schaper, who had previously been the favorite, in the conference room, more thoughtful tones came from the group leadership. “That was not a good day for Chemnitz,” said several representatives. In evaluating the debacle and how it has dealt with it, the CDU parliamentary group has now agreed to hold a closed meeting for the beginning of September. There should be discussed – also with a view to two further mayoral elections in the coming year – how the largest parliamentary group of the city council will deal with such important votes in the future. “For example, we will clarify our respective positions in advance so that our voting behavior can be read precisely and there is no longer any leeway for wild interpretations,” announced Ines Saborowski, the deputy parliamentary group leader. It is hoped that this will also put pressure on other parliamentary groups to position themselves as “deviants” in their own ranks.
This consideration is no coincidence: The distribution of votes in the mayoral election with last 28 votes each for Schaper and their opponents from Lower Saxony suggests that the left, the SPD and the Greens did not vote 100 percent for the left-wing politician. The focus is primarily on the SPD, whose city councils – unlike the Greens and Leftists – had conspicuously withheld statements after the election. In an interview with “Freie Presse”, parliamentary group leader Detlef Müller admits that his parliamentary group initially had reservations about Schaper. “That was actually all settled,” he said.
Meanwhile, it is not only he who is astonished that almost all the votes from the Schaper opponents’ camp had already united on the eventual winner of the drawing of lots in the first ballot, although there were many more candidates to choose from at this point. “If it is now said that there were no agreements, then it does not fit together.”