Rostock (dpa/mv) - According to the will of the board of the Rostock Left Party, the member of the state parliament Eva-Maria Kröger is to become a candidate for the mayoral election in the Hanseatic city in November. The party committee spoke out in favor of the 40-year-old left-wing politician on Thursday evening. Kröger is firmly anchored in Rostock and has been reliably committed to the interests of the city for a long time, said the party leader of the Rostock Left Party, Karsten Kolbe, after a board meeting.
Kröger has been a member of the Rostock Parliament since 2009 and a member of the state parliament since 2016. The district association of the left will now finally decide on the personnel next Monday. The Rostock Senator for Social Affairs and Health, Steffen Bockhahn, was also under discussion as a candidate for the left.
Should the left officially nominate Kröger at their general meeting on Monday, then three women will be in the running as top candidates for the mayoral office.
On Tuesday, the Greens nominated Claudia Müller, member of the Bundestag and federal government coordinator for maritime economy and tourism. The SPD sends the head of the state building and real estate office in Rostock, Carmen-Alina Botezatu, into the race for the OB office. The director of the State Police Office, Michael Ebert, is under discussion as a possible candidate from the CDU and FDP.
A new mayor will be elected in Rostock on November 13th. The previous incumbent, Claus Ruhe Madsen, moved to Schleswig-Holstein in June as Economics Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU). Should a runoff election become necessary, this is scheduled for November 27th.