Every new beginning is always accompanied by a farewell. And it can be full of tears, a little grumpy or accompanied by frustration – or like that of Ernst Weidenbusch. He goes with two smiling eyes, says the still incumbent member of the state parliament from Haar on Friday evening at his home game in the Gesellschaftshaus of the KBO Isar-Amper-Klinikum. 20 years ago, Weidenbusch from Haar explains, he was much more nervous when he was nominated for the first time in Garching than he is today, which probably also has to do with age and experience. For 19 years, the 59-year-old has been a directly elected representative for the constituency Munich-Land North in the Maximilianeum, but next year it will be over for him.
And the new beginning is to be embodied by the man who Weidenbusch says there is absolutely no doubt that he is the right candidate: Kirchheim’s mayor Maximilian Böltl, who was elected by the delegates with almost 99 percent as the direct candidate for the state elections next autumn.
A new state parliament will be elected in just over a year, and the parties in the district of Munich are preparing their personnel for this very important election, which the CSU district chairman and member of the Bundestag Florian Hahn from Putzbrunn almost hyped up as an election of fate at the delegates’ meeting in Haar. After all, conditions in Bavaria were almost threatened by Berlin conditions, according to Hahn. “I can report from my own experience that it’s not a traffic light, it’s a set of lights,” he says, referring to the federal government. “The next election in Bavaria in 2023 is so important, we must not allow what goes wrong in Berlin to be repeated in Bavaria.” And that is exactly why it is so important that the CSU is optimally positioned in terms of content and personnel.
Maximilian Böltl, 39 years old and recently married to his partner Thomas Gierling, is wooing traditional costumes just in time for the start of the Oktoberfest – and the CSU, trying to achieve unity, brought all the prominent politicians to Haar that they have to offer in the district – from the member of parliament Kerstin Schreyer, who had been nominated again as a direct candidate for the constituency Munich-Land Süd a few days earlier, to the former member of parliament Engelbert Kupka and district administrator Christoph Göbel. And Böltl makes it clear that even as a member of the state parliament he wants to remain true to the model to which he has committed himself as mayor, which he has been in Kirchheim since 2014. “Listening to opinions, recognizing problems, providing solutions,” he says as a requirement and says he wants to continue to treat people as equals, keep what he promises and be there for everyone. Taking care that people are doing well is the job, according to Kirchheim’s mayor.
And he formulates three priorities that he wants to place at the center of his work: strengthening the location and expanding the infrastructure, securing prospects and keeping life affordable, protecting the environment and generating energy ourselves.
Florian Schardt does without traditional costume on Sunday in the Ismaninger Bürgersaal. The man from Ottobrunn makes a statement in a black suit with red sneakers. And the 40-year-old district chairman of the SPD switches to attack mode in front of the delegates. His goal: of course the state government, which has been blocking the expansion of the power lines from the north of the republic to Bavaria for years and has promised gas-fired power plants instead – that is now taking revenge.
Schardt also wants to be elected to the state parliament in the Munich-Land North constituency and, like Böltl, embodies the new beginning. Until 2018, the last member of parliament the SPD put here was Peter Paul Gantzer from Haar – and the 83-year-old, who is now 83, is showing his support for Schardt simply by being in Ismaning . And he hears Schardt campaigning for a strengthening of the municipalities, for “real regional planning” that takes into account the fact that some regions, such as the district of Munich, are suffering from complete overheating, rising living costs and rents, while some areas are cooling off. And he advocates more courage in an education policy that also allows experiments. “More courage instead of fear. And more pragmatists are also needed in the authorities,” says Schardt. And passion with which he himself wants to go into this upcoming election campaign.
The comrades appreciate that with 93 percent of the votes and make him a direct candidate. And the candidates for the district council are also in the northern constituency: Karin Hobmeier from Ismaningen is again running for the CSU, and Sabine Schmierl from Unterhaching for the SPD.