Dhe CDU chairman in the Offenbach district, Frank Lortz, once described Oliver Quilling (CDU) as a “great stroke of luck” for the district. The majority of voters apparently see it the same way. In any case, they consider Quilling’s work in the district so respectable that they elected him to the district administrator for the third time in a row on Sunday. At least since the most recent election results, which were disastrous for the Union, it can be said that quilling is currently one of the rare fortunes for one’s own almost ailing party.
Not least of all, this has to do with the fact that, even among political opponents, he does not stand for confrontation and political trench warfare, but for a willingness to cooperate based on solutions. But he will also need it because the CDU and SPD have been working together in a coalition in the district assembly since 2004, but have only had a majority of one vote since the local elections in March. Before making important decisions, you have to communicate very well and precisely. But here too, Quilling is not only seen as competent and reliable in its own party.
Close mayor election
In Neu-Isenburg, for example, where a new mayor was elected on Sunday, it can be demonstrated that the election victory is primarily a personal success of Quilling and by no means owed to a party-politically determined electorate. A whopping 70.8 percent voted for Quilling as district administrator. So the Huguenot city is a safe CDU stronghold? No, not for a long time. The citizens elected Social Democrat Dirk Gene Hagelstein as the new mayor – albeit with a wafer-thin lead of 50.24 percent. The Christian Democratic opponent Stefan Schmitt, who had been first city councilor for more than a decade, was surprisingly defeated.
The time when Neu-Isenburg could be considered the stronghold of the CDU has been history since 2010. At that time, Herbert Hunkel, who was not party to the party, was supported by the CDU, became mayor. He succeeded Quilling, who became the district administrator. Since 1978, the Union has consistently placed the mayor in front of Hunkel. Before that, however, the city was seen in the Union as a “left stronghold” that one wanted to conquer. Long ago.