Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Mayor election: Fassbinder narrowly misses election victory

The race for the Greifswald town hall will only be decided in the run-off election in two weeks.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Mayor election: Fassbinder narrowly misses election victory

The race for the Greifswald town hall will only be decided in the run-off election in two weeks. Much was not missing for the incumbent from the Greens on Sunday. In Castle Stargard the incumbent was victorious.

Greifswald/Burg Stargard (dpa/mv) - Incumbent Stefan Fassbinder (Greens) didn't miss much in the Greifswald mayoral election on Sunday. Instead of the required result of more than 50 percent, he received 48.5 percent of the votes according to the preliminary final result. With 33.1 percent, Madeleine Tolani (CDU) follows him in the runoff in two weeks. Then the majority of votes is enough for victory.

Ina Schuppa-Wittfoth (Die Basis) received 8.1 percent, Konstantin Zirwick (FDP) 2.8 percent, the individual applicants Gamal Khalil and Daniel Küther each 2.7 percent and Lea Alexandra Siewert (Die Party) 2.1 percent. Voter turnout was 40.9 percent.

According to his own party, the 55-year-old historian Fassbinder is the first and only mayor of the Greens in East Germany and is supported by the SPD, the left and the animal protection party. The 41-year-old Tolani is a law professor in Wismar.

In Burg Stargard, incumbent Tilo Lorenz (CDU) was able to defend his place in the town hall. According to the provisional result, the 41-year-old received 55 percent of the votes in Sunday's election, said election officer Christian Walter. The graduate teacher Katja Sievert was the only opposing candidate for the Stargard 2030 voter group. According to Walter, the 46-year-old received 45 percent. For Lorenz, it is the third term in the small town south of Neubrandenburg with around 5,400 inhabitants. Voter turnout was nearly 47 percent. The city leaders are elected in both cities for seven-year terms.

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