He targets the SP seat
GLP boss Grossen wants to join the Council of States
GLP boss Jürg Grossen wants to become a member of the Council of States. But in the canton of Bern, the competition is fierce. Grossen’s candidacy is important for the GLP, because otherwise they are only in Zurich in the Council of States race.
GLP boss Grossen enters the Bern Council of States race.
GLP President Jürg Grossen (53) is entering the race for the vacant seat in the Council of States in Bern. SP legend Hans Stöckli (70) announced this year that he would no longer defend his seat.
“I am convinced that entrepreneurial qualities are also needed in the Council of States,” says Grossen on Blick TV. He will bring these with him – and more. In the last twelve years in the National Council, he has been able to gain broad political experience.
Grossen wants to be in the Council of States: «GLP will do everything in its power to move in»(01:34)
However, it will not be easy for the Green Liberals to conquer the seat in Bern. There is strong competition. SP National Councilor Flavia Wasserfallen (43) and former Green Councilor Bernhard Pulver (57) are the favorites. The second seat of the previous Werner Salzmann (60, SVP) is considered secured.
But the big ones aren’t worried: “My chances are certainly intact.” He likes to be challenged and accepts this challenge. “Strong competition stimulates the market,” he says. In the event that it doesn’t work out, he will also run for the National Council.
In addition to Bern, only Zurich remains
Gaining a foothold in the Council of States is one of the major goals of the Green Liberals in the election year. Should they one day want to move into the Bundesrat, there is no way around the small chamber. Otherwise, the relatively young party needs a seat in the Council of States in order to properly establish itself. But so far they are not represented in the Stöckli. “We will do everything we can to make it move in,” says Grossen.
In addition to Bern, the GLP currently only has ambitions for the Council of States in Zurich. Group President Tiana Angelina Moser (43) is in the running for the successor to the seat of FDP Council of States Ruedi Noser (61), who takes his hat. (tom)