The DP candidates for the local elections on October 8
On Tuesday 29 May, the Luxembourg City section of the DP presented their candidates for the local elections on 8 October.
The DP has dominated the politics of the capital since 1970, making the city a liberal bastion.
Its current mayor, Lydie Polfer, is the lead candidate for the DP. She was mayor from 1982 to 1999, and then again since 2013, after Xavier Bettel (who was the capital’s mayor at the time) became prime minister. She has been an MP (and still is now), an MEP, and a foreign affairs minister.
A few candidates have dropped off the list: Xavier Bettel (who drew in the most votes in 2011); the current ombudsman Claudia Monti, the former president of a trade union Michel Rodenbourg, former journalist Robi Sinner and former cyclist Benoît Joachim.
Of the 27 candidates on the list, 14 are women. Some of the new candidates are Marc Ruppert, secretary general of the party, Stéphanie Goerens, spokesperson for minister of family Corinne Cahen, former journalist and entrepreneur Tanja de Jager, and dancer and choreographer Sylvia Camarda.
A “nice” city
Polfer said that she wanted to present all the work that has been done in the capital over the past six years, while also presenting the election manifesto for the next six years, so that “the capital can become even nicer and more attractive”.
The priorities are housing, mobility and child care. Other topics would include culture, education and sports. The DP intends to invest more in public transport and in parking spaces.
The list of candidates (in alphabetical order):
Lydie Polfer: mayor and MP (leading candidate)
Barbara Agostino: teacher, director of child care institutions
Fernand Bartemes: president of the employees delegation in the local council
Simone Beissel: member of the local council, MP and laywer