In the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, incumbent Alexander Badrow (CDU) was re-elected mayor. He won 67.3% of the vote in Sunday’s election. Melanie Rocksien-Riad (independent), who was supported by the SPD and the Greens, obtained 23.7%, Marc Quintana Schmidt (left) 9.0%. The participation rate was 42.5%. Badrow was mayor for 14 years, and now he can lead the city council for another seven years. During the election campaign, he was also favored by the FDP and the electoral community “Bürger für Stralsund”.
93.3% for Malchin’s only candidate
In Malchin (Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district), Axel Müller (CDU) was clearly confirmed in his duties. In the elections, he obtained 93.3% of the votes. Müller had no opponent. 22.9% of the 6,300 eligible voters took part in the vote. Müller has been in charge of the city’s fortunes since 2015.
CDU challenger wins in Neustadt-Glewe
In Neustadt-Glewe, challenger Steffen Klieme (CDU) won against incumbent Doreen Radelow (SPD), who had also been supported by the left. According to the city administration, Klieme obtained 63.7% of the vote, Radelow 36.3%. The participation rate was 44.3%. In Hagenow, the holder Thomas Möller (on the left) was able to assert himself. He obtained 54.6% of the vote. 45.4% of voters voted for the only challenger, Jana Horn (CDU). At 36.1%, the turnout was lower than in neighboring Neustadt-Glewe.
Second round of elections in Wolgast and Bergen
In Wolgast, the outgoing mayor Stefan Weigler (CDU) must face the independent Martin Schröter in a second round on May 22. According to the city administration, Weigler reached 35.3% and Schröter 30.6%. Four other challengers dropped out of the race. Kathrin Potratz-Scheiba (independent) reached 15.8%, Karsten Lange (AfD) 12.2%, Sven Reinke (independent) 4.4% and Marco Baum (independent) 1.6%.
Mayor Anja Ratzke (independent) must also go to the second round in Bergen auf Rügen. With 47.5% of the vote, she narrowly missed the absolute majority of valid votes required for direct re-election. In two weeks, Mirko Plötz (CDU) will be the most successful of the five challengers against them. He obtained 20.3% of the votes in the first round. Raik Knüppel (independent) failed in the first round with 16.7%, Bianca Pahnke (FDP) with 6.3%, Kevin Zenker (left) with 4.6% and Nico Gruber (independent) with 4.6% of voters .
CDU chairman satisfied with election results
In a first statement on the elections, CDU chairman Franz-Robert Liskow expressed his satisfaction. After all, the CDU candidates won in three cities and reached the second round of elections in two others. It was only in Hagenow that the CDU candidate narrowly failed. The Greens regretted that in Stralsund, even after almost 800 years of the city’s history, no woman has been elected mayor.