"Motivated and far-sighted looking for solutions"

What a contrast: When almost a year and a half ago Andreas Lenz was again nominated as the CSU’s candidate for the Bundestag, it happened in the Vaterstetten stadium, in the fresh air, with large gaps. When Lenz’s colleague Thomas Huber applied for a candidacy for a third time on Friday, it was quite cozy in the hall of the Alte Post in Parsdorf, one sat closely together, the air pregnant with the smell of roast pork. So everything back as before? Definitely not, Huber made that clear in his speech, even if hopefully the worst of the Corona times are over. However, despite the new challenges posed by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the energy crisis, Huber advocated not painting the future in gloomy pictures, but instead looking for motivated and far-sighted solutions. In any case, he himself can be sure of the great support in his Ebersberg CSU – he was nominated with 98.8 percent of the valid votes, as was the Markt Schwabenerin Valentina Dahms, who had applied as a candidate for the district council.

CSU candidate selection: Criticism of the traffic light coalition, praise for Bavaria:

Criticism of the traffic light coalition, praise for Bavaria: “We also make mistakes, we don’t do everything right either – but we do a lot better.”

(Photo: Peter Hinz-Rosin)

Huber has been in the state parliament since 2013, when he won the direct mandate with 46.2 percent of the votes, in the second candidacy in 2018 it was only 36.1 percent – the Bavaria-wide crash of the CSU was also felt in Ebersberg. At the time, local Christian Socialists described the outcome of the election as a “disaster”. In this respect, Huber will have to work hard in the election campaign this time, even if the forecasts for 2023 are not predicting another crash for the CSU, but rather a result at the level of 2018.

Still, a year is long and there is a lot to do. The 50-year-old Grafinger therefore insisted on going into detail about the upcoming tasks, “I can’t spare you all of it,” he said self-deprecatingly. In view of the world situation, Huber spoke of “new challenges on a huge scale”, not least because there was a great danger that “enemies of democracy” would try to take advantage of the situation. In this context, Huber welcomed the fact that the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has now put the Bavarian AfD under observation as a whole party . It will be examined to what extent the AfD is trying to “impair or eliminate the core of the Basic Law” – “I have asked myself this exact question over the past four years in the state parliament in many contributions by AfD MPs”.

Huber is particularly critical of Robert Habeck

The current situation is a kind of stress test for democracy, said Huber, but panic is not a good guide, it robs you of your orientation. “Let’s dare to be more confident,” is Huber’s appeal. It is now important to ensure social cohesion in the country and to provide people with meaningful support in the current crisis – according to Huber, measures such as the fuel discount and the nine-euro ticket do not fall into this category. He also expressed little understanding for some decisions by the Berlin traffic light government, especially by Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). Nobody wants nuclear power in the long term, said Huber, “we’ve been through that for a long time,” but in this historic crisis we have to act rationally and use all the potential to secure the energy supply, including the nuclear power plants that are still in operation. According to Huber, Habeck felt like a drowning person who didn’t want to accept a lifebelt because it contained plastic.

Huber went into detail about what he believes is going well in Bavaria: “We also make mistakes, we don’t do everything right either – but we do a lot better,” emphasized the MP, citing “our stable financial policy” as an example “, the economic policy, the growing social budget and the strong promotion of families. Now it is important to approach the people in the district and convey to them “that we have the better concepts”.

CSU candidate: The district council is wrongly underestimated in its importance, says Valentina Dahms.

The importance of the district council is wrongly underestimated, says Valentina Dahms.

(Photo: Peter Hinz-Rosin)

In her introductory speech, Valentina Dahms also addressed the future challenges in the district council, which she could be a member of from 2023 onwards. So far, Susanne Linhart, who was elected to the committee for the first time in 2013, is still represented there for the CSU and will not run again for personal reasons. Dahms is an experienced local politician, the 45-year-old is the second mayor in her home town, a member of the district council and district chairwoman of the Women’s Union. In 2018 she had already started as a list candidate for the district council.

This wrongly played a subordinate role in public perception, she emphasized, after all important issues are at stake here, such as the future-oriented design of care, the integration of people with disabilities, the care of patients with mental and neurological illnesses, but also and preservation of monuments. In the coming election campaign, it is important to highlight the successes achieved, but also to provide new impetus: “With experience in local politics and passion for the cause, I would like to get involved in this process and shape the future of the district intensively in the interests of the citizens.”

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