Stuttgart (dpa) – High voltage on the Neckar: In the second attempt, a new mayor will be elected in Stuttgart this Sunday.
The favorite to succeed the outgoing Mayor Fritz Kuhn (Greens) is Backnang’s Lord Mayor Frank Nopper from the CDU, but the independent candidate Marian Schreier is also considered to have a chance. As an outsider, Stuttgart city councilor Hannes Rockenbauch from the SÖS / Linke parliamentary group is hoping for success. Incumbent Kuhn (65) renounces another possible term of office after eight years at the top of the town hall and retires at the beginning of January.
A total of 450,000 eligible voters can vote. An election result is expected by 8.30 p.m. Since it is the second choice, a simple majority of the valid votes decides. There are no classic runoff elections for mayor elections in Baden-Württemberg.
A few days before the election, a survey showed that Noppers would be successful, but the survey also left open the possibility of a surprise victory. In the survey by the University of Hohenheim, 40 to 47 percent of voters who have already made a decision or have voted by postal vote said they would vote for Nopper. He had already received the most votes in the first ballot. Schreier, who is the mayor of Tengen, comes as an independent candidate with an SPD party membership to 31 to 38 percent. City councilor Rockenbauch was 17 to 23 percent in the survey.
Regardless of the election result, the Stuttgart open a new chapter. Because the metropolis has so far been considered a city with a strong green electorate, the Greens make up the largest parliamentary group in the local council, the district president belongs to the party, and all four direct mandates for the state parliament in the city went to the Greens. At least at the top of the town hall, that will now change. Because the OB candidate of the Greens is no longer on the ballot paper: After a disappointing performance in the first round and failed discussions with the other applicants of the center-left camp, the representative of the eco-party, Veronika Kienzle, withdrew her candidacy.
The election will again take place under strict corona conditions. Among other things, an everyday mask must be worn in election buildings and voting rooms. In addition, voters must keep a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from other people. There will be no election party for the winner, after the results have been announced, the new mayor will only be received in small groups by the incumbent mayor in the town hall.