Mayoral candidates go to run-off

Perleberg/Senftenberg (dpa/bb) – After the first round of the mayoral elections in Perleberg and Senftenberg, the two best-placed candidates in both cities have to face a runoff on October 9th.

In Perleberg, district town of the Prignitz district in northwestern Brandenburg, there will be a tiebreaker between Thomas Domres (Die Linke) and the candidate from the CDU and FDP, Axel Schmidt. According to the provisional official result, Domres received 1,571 votes (32.7 percent), Schmidt 1,443 votes (30.0 percent). Voter turnout was 47.8 percent.

In the spring, the previous mayor, Annett Jura (SPD), resigned after moving to the Federal Ministry of Building. A new election was therefore necessary, for which a total of five candidates ran.

There will also be a runoff election in Senftenberg on October 9th. In the district town of Oberspreewald-Lausitz on the border with Saxony, the SPD candidate Nadine Hönicke and Andreas Pfeiffer from the CDU fought a neck-and-neck race among the six candidates. According to the provisional official result, Hönicke received 2,776 votes (30.2 percent), Pfeiffer received 2,619 votes (28.5 percent). 47 percent of those entitled to vote went to the polls here.

The previous mayor Andreas Fredrich (SPD) had announced in the fall of last year that he would not run again. He wanted to make room for younger applicants, he said as a reason.

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