The KLS (Movement of Left Urban Krems) entered the Krems municipal council election campaign last week. City councilor Niki Lackner – a cook by civilian profession – pampered guests at the information booth with Gazpacho Andaluz (cold Spanish vegetable soup). There was red pepper as a gift – true to the motto “We are the red pepper in the city council”.
The group around the top candidate Wolfgang Mahrer (currently represented by two representatives on the city council) wants to continue to “tip the scales” in the future. “We were able to change much better in this role,” Mahrer refers to the “fee brake” (avoidance of fee hike), the rescue of the cork catheter station in Krems and the new ATM for the Stein district. “While others have only engaged in populist opposition politics, we have achieved enough despite our small face.”
In turn, citizens were asked what issues are important to them. The central theme in the next five years will remain to act against corruption, the protection of the Kremser cityscape (the KLS was the promoter of the Schillerstraße protection zone), the establishment of urban childcare (from the age of one) and the improvement of the life situation of the Kremser. Also in the program: widening of cycle paths, expansion of the city bus network to Hollenburg and Egelsee and construction of a sidewalk at the Mittergriesweg in Lerchenfeld, which is very popular as a school route.
In the course of the nomination, Mahrer points out an injustice. They wanted to bring Elmedin Junuzovic (born 1985) into the team. He has lived in Austria since 1992 and in Krems since 1999. “But he has neither the right to vote nor the right to stand for election!”