Our city is economically strong, cosmopolitan, and down-to-earth. Their greatest assets are their diversity, their ideas, and their cohesion. Frankfurt does not belong to any party or politician, but to the people of Frankfurt. A city that is always on the move cannot afford to stand still at the top. Because we are facing major challenges: Because we also want to leave our children a future worth living in, our economy, our mobility and our living will change. If we renovate buildings with speed right now, that is the most important protection against poverty. If we now lead our economy into an age without oil, gas, and coal, we will secure the future of Frankfurt as a location. If we cool down and green the city now, Frankfurt will retain its quality of life for young and old. As mayor, I want to be approachable for all people in Frankfurt. Because you all have something to contribute to the future of our city. You are all needed. Frankfurt has become home to many, including me. I am returning home to make my diverse experiences and strength available to Frankfurt. And to work with you for a new beginning. That’s why I want to become Frankfurt’s mayor and I’m asking for your support!
I was born in 1972 in Würzburg. In 1992 I moved to Frankfurt. I studied law at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and in Aix-en-Provence until 1998. I then worked as a research assistant at the Goethe University and as a legal trainee at the district court in Frankfurt. The second state examination was followed by two years in urban research in Berlin. In 2006 I completed my doctoral thesis and was elected Head of the Department for Environment and Health of the City of Frankfurt. In 2007 my son was born. In 2012 I joined Deutsche Bahn in Frankfurt as a lawyer. During this time, I was involved, among other things, in the Petri House in Rödelheim, in the Frankfurt Zoological Society, as a parents’ councilor in the Willemer School and as a fan in VfL Germania 1984. In 2017 I returned to politics as a member of the Bundestag. I find balance in my family, cycling, at concerts and between book covers.
We need a departure for the environment and climate so that Frankfurt remains a livable home for us and our grandchildren. This means making Frankfurt climate-neutral by 2035. To achieve this, everyone must pull together: Administration, business, culture and citizens – and it needs a city leader who leads the way. I will use every opportunity to protect our climate: from construction and water conservation to nutrition and consumption.
That’s why I’m committed to:
- Model city for sustainable building: Redevelopment instead of demolition, thinking about building material recycling as early as the planning stage, advancing timber construction.
- Less concrete, more urban green, with small forests in the neighborhood, on walls and roofs, and through a high level of commitment to saving the urban forest.
- Cutting waste in Frankfurt in half, and at least two-thirds less trash on our streets and squares in the next five years.
In our densely built-up city with short distances to cover, we can make a start on environmentally friendly, safe and healthy mobility for everyone if we use our shared space primarily for walking, cycling and public transport. Then even those who depend on their vehicles will get around better.
In other words, craft businesses, emergency services and delivery traffic. In concrete terms, this means:
- Removing obstacles to pedestrian traffic and expanding the network of bike paths; by 2035, I want to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured in road traffic.
- Barrier-free and climate-neutral local transport by 2030, so that 80% of journeys in Frankfurt can be made safely, affordably and comfortably without a car by 2035.
- Affordable mobility by subsidizing the 49-euro ticket to a 25-euro ticket for Frankfurt Pass holders.
Different experiences, cultures and lifestyles united in a common urban culture – that is what makes Frankfurt special. Cohesion in Frankfurt is lived every day by the people of Frankfurt: in the neighborhood, at children’s birthday parties, in sports clubs.
As mayor, I want to preserve this diversity and focus on those in our city who need special support. For me, a new beginning for togetherness also includes:
- For affordable housing, I want to accelerate what can be done faster: implement construction areas such as Bonames Ost or Hilgenfeld by the middle of the decade, dispense with expensive parking spaces, promote inner development with quality through incentives. The dramatic dwindling of subsidized housing must be stopped, new stock must be created and permanently secured.
- Security for all: Vulnerable groups such as queer people and those Frankfurt residents who are particularly threatened by racism and anti-Semitism have me on their side as mayor.
- With an overall package of assistance, stronger control and support for tradespeople and restaurants, I will ensure that people once again enjoy being in the Bahnhofsviertel and enjoy living and working there.
We are securing the future of industry and commerce in Frankfurt by accelerating the expansion of renewable energies and creating space for new solutions. But for a departure into the future, the location Frankfurt needs a modern administration as a partner. Cities like Mannheim have shown that a cultural change in the administration succeeds when the city leadership sees the modernization of the administration as an ongoing task, incorporates the ideas and knowledge of the employees and exemplifies a willingness to take responsibility and a solution-oriented approach. As mayor, I will turn Frankfurt’s Römer into Germany’s most modern city administration within six years. By streamlining procedures and improving cooperation, we can, for example:
- Reduce costs for businesses and citizens and implement ideas from business and research more quickly.
- Digitally handle all administrative services for citizens and businesses by 2030.
- Significantly accelerate the rate of expansion of solar installations in the city, fully utilize waste heat from industry and commerce by 2035, and end energy waste.
Literature and art are formative for the identity of Frankfurt as a city of culture. As Lord Mayor, I will seek discussions with the Börsenverein and the Book Fair on how the city and the industry can work together to further develop the book fair brand, as a strong voice for freedom and against exclusion. Together with our publishers, I want to find ways to secure Frankfurt’s locations and make Frankfurt more attractive for further establishments. The impulses of the independent scene, the municipal stages and Frankfurt’s museums are indispensable for our cultural landscape. A departure for culture requires respecting culture and not instrumentalizing it. For me, this means:
- Transparent and sustainable cultural funding, regular dialogue with cultural practitioners and better framework conditions for artistic activity in our city.
- Finally making the vision of the Bockenheim cultural campus a reality with the University of Music and Performing Arts, the FrankfurtLAB and the Open House of Cultures.
- Secure and create spaces for art and culture, especially for young artists.