Stuttgart is considered a city with a strong green electorate. After eight years, the CDU is now taking back the town hall. Frank Nopper overcame the competition from the left camp.
Stuttgart (AP) – CDU candidate Frank Nopper has won the mayoral elections in Stuttgart. The 59-year-old received 42.3 percent of the vote in the second vote on Sunday, the city of Stuttgart announced in the evening.
Nopper will succeed the green politician Fritz Kuhn, who no longer applied. Marian Schreier, Nopper’s strongest competitor, won 36.9 percent of the vote – a respectable success for the 30-year-old, who ran as an independent candidate.
Kuhn (65) no longer wanted to run at the top of the town hall after eight years. The mayor of Backnang, Nopper, was a favorite for his successor. After Nopper and Schreier, Stuttgart city councilor Hannes Rockenbauch (40) of the SÖS / Linke faction finished in third place with 17.8 percent.
A total of 450,000 eligible voters could vote. The turnout was 44.7 percent. There are no classic second elections for mayoral elections in Baden-Württemberg. If none of the candidates obtains an absolute majority of the votes in a first election, the candidate with the most votes wins an open second ballot. Nopper had clearly won the first run three weeks ago.
The Green Party OB candidate was no longer on the second ballot: after a disappointing first-round performance and failed talks with the other applicants from the center-left camp, the eco-party representative Veronika Kienzle withdrew , her candidacy.