It is a race with an unequal starting position when it starts on sunday, 11. March, to the mayoralty in michelau goes. Incumbent helmut fischer (CSU), elected in 2006 with an outstanding 75.99 percent of the vote, wants to remain the boss in town hall for another eight years. This is how long the term of office will last this time. This is regulated by a law that aims to harmonize the dates of mayoral and municipal elections. Up to 72. Fischer, who is now 63, is not at all bothered by the fact that he has been working since the age of 63. Fischer, father of two grown-up daughters and now a grandfather – feels fit, plays competitive sports (tennis) and, by his own admission, "has never been ill". "I would like to work as long as I am allowed to", he emphasizes.
Fischer’s commitment to local politics goes back to the 1970s. His entrepreneurial life had priority at the time – since 1973, the business graduate has been managing general partner of andreas schardt KG, michelau’s oldest company. When he applied for the mayoralty for the first time in 2006, he had already spent a total of almost a year in the michelau town hall as an official administrator. He has been involved in district politics since 1996. He has been a deputy district administrator since 2008, and here too he was in charge for seven months last year due to the illness of former district administrator leutner. The list of his honorary posts is long; he already received the highest award in his home community, the johann puppert medal in gold, in 2010.
"new momentum promises the 44-j?Hrigen challenger J?Rgen spitzenberger (SPD). He has been a member of the local council for ten years, and since the last local elections he has also been the spokesman for the parliamentary group, having received the most votes on its list. Also since 2008, he has been chairman of the local SPD association. The master precision mechanic works for the largest company in michelau, scherer& trier, working as a manager in the tool and plant construction sector. He has three children (21/15/13) and is passionate about soccer in his spare time. He played for FC schwurbitz when he was nine years old and still does now in the reserve and old-league team. He was a youth coach and even chairman of the club for ten years, which is how he got to know many people. Today he works on the committee.
He didn’t have to think long about the decision to throw his hat into the ring in the mayoral election, says spitzenberger, because: "the chance to become mayor doesn’t come along very often."
Two sporty ones are it thus, which stand to the choice. What else they have in common? The sign of the zodiac – both gemini. And that they did not want to express themselves in each case over the opponent here at this place…