Substitute election for the Canton of Glarus – The left move back into the Glarus government – News

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Markus Heer (SP) becomes the new government councilor of Glarus. He makes more votes than Jürg Feldmann (CVP).


Markus Heer (SP) succeeds Rolf Widmer (CVP). The 44-year-old President of the Administrative Court from Niederurnen will start as a new government councilor on May 1st.

In the first ballot at the beginning of March, neither of the two candidates had an absolute majority. Jürg Feldmann (CVP) was ahead of his competitor Markus Heer (SP). The fact that he managed to get into the government with a lead of 530 votes amazed him: “I did not expect it to be so clear.” The additional effort over the past few weeks has paid off.

Brief analysis by Selina Etter

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The SP succeeded in mobilizing. She was able to convert the narrow deficit from the first ballot into a considerable lead and victory in the second ballot. As in the parliamentary elections in 2019 – when the Green Mathias Zopfi was elected to the Council of States – it became clear that the left with a strong personality and persistent mobilization can also win elections in bourgeois Glarus.

The turnout was slightly higher than in the first ballot, although no national proposals attracted people to the polls. Both candidates got more votes than in the first ballot and there were hardly any isolated votes.

After seven years, the SP is no longer in the opposition. As one of five government councilors, he cannot turn everything upside down, says Markus Heer: “But it is very important that the left-green section of the population now has a voice in the government.”

Ready for any department

Heer said he did not have a desired department. One can assume, however, that the previous, bourgeois government councilors will not leave the newly elected key finance department to be vacated. A change within the government is therefore more likely. The constituent meeting of the government council will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.





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