The presidential election is on October 9th and there are seven candidates to choose from – more than ever before. But who would you vote for if you had to vote today?
In addition to incumbent Alexander Van der Bellen, who is running for a second term, there are six other candidates to choose from in the election in two weeks. You can find an overview of all candidates here:
Alexander Van der Bellen (Greens, dormant party membership)
The current Federal President (78) worked as an economist after completing his studies. After his habilitation, he worked as a university professor for economics at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna. Van der Bellen was a member of the National Council from 1994 to 2012, and chaired the Greens from 1999 to 2008. In addition, the 78-year-old was party chairman of the Greens from 1997 to 2008, making him the longest-serving federal spokesman in the party’s history. In 2016 he suspended his party membership in the Greens and ran as an independent party in the federal presidential election. The Greens support his election campaign anyway.
Walter Rosencrantz (FPÖ)
Walter Rosenkranz (60) is a lawyer and was a member of the National Council from 2008 to 2019. He was also state party chairman of the FPÖ Lower Austria from 2013 to 2019. He has been part of the Ombudsman Board since 2019.
Dominik Wlazny (Bierpartei)
Dominik Wlazny (35) is known as a musician under the name “Marco Pogo”. The medical graduate is also a cabaret artist and chairman of the Beer Party (BIER). At 35, the minimum age for the office of Federal President, he is the youngest presidential candidate.
Michael Brunner (MFG)
Michael Brunner (61) is a lawyer and federal party chairman of the MFG (MFG-Austria People – Freedom – Basic Rights). His party was formed as part of the protests against corona protection measures and, in addition to the protective measures, also rejects vaccination.
Gerald Grosz (Ex-FPÖ/Ex-BZÖ)
Gerald Grosz (45) is a columnist, author and blogger. The 45-year-old is a former FPÖ and BZÖ politician. From 2008 to 2013 he was a member of the National Council. He was also federal chairman of the BZÖ from 2013 to 2015 and state chairman of the BZÖ Styria from 2005 to 2015. His former party BZÖ supports his candidacy.
Tassilo Wallentin (independent)
Tassilo Wallentin (48) is a lawyer and former columnist for the Kronen Zeitung, where he also placed an advertisement for his candidacy. He was supported in his campaign by the industrialist and ex-politician Frank Stronach (Team Stronach), among others.
Heinrich Staudinger (independent)
Heinrich Staudinger (69) is an entrepreneur. He is the owner of the trading and production company GEA Waldviertler, which sells shoes, bags, furniture and mattresses.