For the first time in the history of Rostock, a woman has been elected mayor: The 40-year-old left-wing politician Eva-Maria Kröger prevailed in the run-off against her competitor – the non-party Michael Ebert (52), who was supported by the CDU and FDP.
After counting 109 of the 142 constituencies on Sunday evening, she was unassailable with 57.1 percent of the votes. At that point, Ebert was 42.9 percent. Voter turnout was just 30.2 percent.
Kröger is a member of the state parliament and has been leader of the Left Party parliamentary group in Rostock for many years. She and senior police officer Ebert came out on top in the first round on November 13 from a field of 17 candidates and thus made it into the runoff. SPD and Greens had asked their voters to vote for Kröger.
The election was necessary because the previous incumbent, Claus Ruhe Madsen, moved to Schleswig-Holstein as Economics Minister in June in the cabinet of Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU). The office of Lord Mayor is awarded for a period of seven years. With almost 210,000 inhabitants, Rostock is the largest city in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.