Status: 28.11.2023, 19:12 PM
By: Andreas Sachse
The new dual leadership: Korbinian Rüger and Christine Himmelberg will steer the fate of the SPD in the district of Munich in the future. © Andreas Sachse
The district SPD is picking itself up after the election disappointment and wants to get started under new leadership. The outgoing chairman says: "This is quite a bit of a new beginning!"
District – Traditional values and fresh faces are intended to bring the district SPD out of its slump. At the party congress in Munich, the Munich-Land sub-district presents itself in a spirit of optimism. With a completely new team at the helm, they want to get out of the crisis.
Florian Schardt (41) used his last appearance as chairman to commit the district association to tried-and-tested, social democratic values. Schardt announced a few weeks ago that he wanted to withdraw from the top of the district (we reported). The severe defeat from the elections is far from being digested: no mandate in the Bundestag or state parliament. "This hasn't happened in decades!" Schardt, who was raised from the ashes like a phoenix by Bavarian SPD leader Natascha Kohnen a good four years ago, and who took office under similarly difficult conditions as his successors this year, leaves the party a united district association. A new leadership is to initiate the departure into better times. This is his legacy.
"That's a bit of a new beginning!"
"Today it's about how the sub-district is positioning itself for the next few years," said Schardt: "That's a bit of a new beginning!" The plea of the outgoing chairman, accompanied by applause, was heard. With a clear, unanimous vote, the 67 delegates adopted the proposals of the previous board: The Taufkirchen SPD leader Christine Himmelberg (34) and Korbinian Rüger (35) from Planegg, now form a dual leadership. The previous treasurer Edith Otiende-Lawani (Haar), Anna Huber (Höhenkirchen) and the former district council candidate Arno Helfrich from Ismaning support the leadership duo as deputies.
For 15 years in the state parliament, Florian Schardt paid tribute to the former state chairwoman of the SPD in Bavaria, Natascha Kohnen. © Andreas Sachse
Rüger, whom Natascha Kohnen called a "George Clooney of the circle", has recently appeared more often in the press as the "new face of the SPD". The research assistant of the Ludwig Maximilians University delighted the comrades with a mixture of eloquence and optimistic charisma. With Grandpa Karl's party book from 1961 in his hand, the sympathies of the delegates literally flew to him. Rüger promised to listen more to the people in the country. This connects him with his co-chair Himmelberg. Like Rüger, Himmelberg regrets having lost sight of the SPD's regular voters. In the case of blue-collar and white-collar workers, just five percent are still held, Schardt had warned at the beginning. Himmelberg agreed: "The SPD does not manage to provide answers to pressing questions." The 34-year-old, whom Kohnen appreciates as a "tireless worker," wants to free the SPD from the disgrace of an "8.4 percent party" and wants to "reflect on what it means to be a Social Democrat." Above all, however, she wants to ensure "that workers no longer feel compelled to vote for the AfD."
The fact that even SPD celebrities such as Peter Paul Gantzer and Natascha Kohnen had failed in 2013 with the latest bankruptcy results, as Schardt said, could not console the comrades at all. People like Gantzer, who stood up with all their impetus for social democratic values of a socially just society in which even a worker can make a living – they are missing from the party. Both Schardt and his successors draw confidence from the way in which deserving comrades from the board and the state parliament were bid farewell.
At his last appearance as district chairman, Florian Schardt honored Angelika Stöger, who had been active in the management for 30 years. © Andreas Sachse
Applause accompanied the honors of Natascha Kohnen and Angelika Stöger, who has been active in the management for 30 years. A trace of fresh combativeness was then provided by the farewell of Sabine Fister from the district board to the head of the Unterföhringen SPD. There in the north of Munich, where the incumbent mayor of the non-party party, Andreas Kemmelmeyer, intends to settle near Starnberg, it is believed that with Fister and comrades at his side, they can attack in 2026. Next destination: the Unterföhring town hall.
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