The Bavarian Pirate Party win seats in Local Elections

The Bavarian Pirate Party win seats in Local Elections

The Bavarian Pirates expected a difficult time in the most conservative state in Germany, Bavaria. In the federal elections they could only get 1.9% and similar disappointing results in the state elections.

The hurdles for participating in the municipal elections is very high and many Pirate candidates chose to run on open or shared candidate lists with parties that they shared policy objectives with.  There were Pirates running in 38 municipalities on the ballot. That is not many, as a total of nearly 40,000 elected representatives were newly elected  in 71 counties and more than 2,000 communities. The results were disappointing in that in the whole of Bavaria only 10 Pirates managed to win a mandate. They are:

Electorate Pirate
Local council Gauting Tobias Mc Fadden
City council Fürstenfeldbruck Andi Ströhle
City council Regensburg Tina Lorenz
City council Erding Stefan Lorenz (via Linke / Pirates)
City council Bad Brückenau Benjamin Wildenauer (via SPD)
City council München Thomas Ranft
City council Nürnberg Michael Bengl
City council Aschaffenburg Johannes Büttner (via Community Initiative)
District council Main-Spessart Jürgen Neuwirth (via ÖDP / Pirates / Linke)
Local council Burgkunstadt Marcus Dinglreiter (via Citizens Initiative)


The election turnout was very low in general. In  some parts of Augsburg  only between 16 and 20 percent went to the ballot boxes. In Munich it was 42%.


This article was based on an article by Michael Renner the acting chief editor of our sister Pirate new site Flaschenpost.


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