Cornelia Weigand elected District Administrator of Ahrweiler

COrnelia Weigand, as the newly elected district administrator in the Ahrweiler district, which was badly hit by the flood, faces a major task. She has “clear respect for her,” Weigand told the FAZ. On Sunday, the former mayor of the Altenahr municipality won the first ballot with 50.2 percent of the votes against the CDU candidate Horst Gies (28.2 percent).

The fact that there was no runoff between Gies and Weigand surprised the newly elected district administrator herself, who is non-party and supported by the Greens. Gies had recently represented the former district administrator Jürgen Pföhler (CDU) in his function as first deputy.

In the fall, he retired at his own request due to being unable to work. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating Pföhler on suspicion of negligent homicide and bodily harm through omission. The population had been warned much too late. Weigand had already appealed to the district office in the afternoon to trigger the disaster. Last but not least, this circumstance may have helped her to win the election.

Letter to Merkel

Likewise, people will have been convinced by their appearance in the crisis. Since the disaster, Weigand has campaigned nationwide for the interests of the Ahr Valley. Almost three weeks after the flood, she wrote an open letter to the then Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD). She called for a special representative at federal level for the reconstruction of the Ahr Valley. It was a cry for help. The office was not created.

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