IT entrepreneur will not compete again

DThe Bremen CDU must look for another top candidate for the next general election. The state chairman Carsten Meyer-Heder announced on Thursday evening that he would not lead the party again in the 2023 election campaign. With the career changer from the IT industry, the Bremen CDU managed to replace the SPD as the strongest party for the first time in the 2019 election.

Reinhard Bingener

Political correspondent for Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen based in Hanover.

The entrepreneur with the striking bald head did not always show himself to be solid in the political fields during the election campaign, but scored with a fresh appearance and the best campaign.

After the election, Meyer-Heder’s bad luck was that the Greens – despite a 1.8 percentage point lead over the CDU – did not want to bring about a change of power. They preferred to continue handing the key to the town hall to the punished SPD. The Social Democrats took action, nominated a new mayor in Andreas Bovenschulte and expanded the existing coalition to include the Left Party.

For the CDU, the only thing that remained was the opposition. As an energetic entrepreneur, Meyer-Heder found it particularly difficult to only be allowed to critically comment on other people’s decisions. Meanwhile, his internet company continued to expand strongly in the wake of the pandemic.

On Friday, the 60-year-old politician announced that he had decided against another top candidacy “mainly for professional reasons”. In May, however, he would stand for re-election as state chairman in order to further advance “the path of modernization, rejuvenation and promotion of women” in the CDU.

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