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Local elections Kraków 2024. Jacek Majchrowski's team divided. Two vice presidents are running for election

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Andrzej Kulig and Jerzy Muzyk are the vice-presidents of Krakow who will face each other in the elections for the mayor of the city. Kuliga was supported in the fall by the incumbent mayor, Jacek Majchrowski, who is not seeking re-election. The musician waited until the last possible moment to make the decision. Three weeks before the election, he still hasn't started campaigning. Jacek Majchrowski believes that the decision of his second deputy is “irrational”. – This is my personal decision, very important and responsible for me, and that's why I made it – comments Jerzy Muzyk.

There are no longer eight, but nine candidates fighting for the office of mayor of Krakow – the current vice-president, Jerzy Muzyk, has joined the electoral race. IN elections local government will face not only candidates from completely different backgrounds, but also his colleague from office – Vice-President Andrzej Kulig.

Jerzy Muzyk is responsible for sustainable development in the city, including spatial planning and the environment. Kulig, who deals with social and municipal policy, is supported by President Jacek Majchrowski, who for the first time in 21 years, after five terms, is not fighting for re-election. At the beginning of March, Majchrowski convinced Music not to compete with his second deputy. Moreover, he assured journalists that such a fight would not take place.

From the left: President Jacek Majchrowski, Vice-President Jerzy Muzyk and Vice-President Andrzej KuligJacek Bednarczyk/PAP

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Jerzy Muzyk is running for office. Majchrowski: irrational

On Thursday, March 14, at 4 p.m., the deadline for committees to nominate their candidates for presidents, mayors and commune heads passed. The musician waited until the last moment to make a decision, but ultimately decided to fight for the presidency. He heads the Electoral Committee of Voters of Self-Governing Kraków. The politician has not started the campaign yet and in this respect he is significantly “behind” compared to his competitor, Vice-President Kulig, who has had his posters and billboards in the city for a long time, meets with residents, and even the Deputy Prime Minister came to his electoral convention Władysław Kosiniak-Kamyszgiving support to the official as a boss PSL.

Electoral convention of the candidate for the president of Krakow, Andrzej Kulig (March 3, 2024)PAP/Art Service

What does President Majchrowski think about Muzyka's decision? – According to the president, Jerzy Music's decision is not rational. With so many candidates, it may mean strengthening the chances of a candidate who is a populist. Jerzy Muzyka's start may also be a problem for Professor Mazur, because both men have a similar electorate and are associated with business and science – emphasized Monika Chylaszek, Jacek Majchrowski's spokeswoman, in an interview with tvn24.pl.

Chylaszek added that “the president maintains his support for Andrzej Kulig.” – However, I respect Jerzy Music's decision and will allow him to continue in his position until the end of the term – she noted.

Jerzy Muzyk has one more problem: so far he has only put out four lists for seven constituencies. He will not report again because the deadline for doing so expired on March 4. In addition to the vice-president, Grzegorz Łukawski, Aleksander Gut and the director of the spatial planning department subordinated to Muzyk, Elżbieta Szczepińska, are running for the city council from Self-Governing Krakow.

Vice President Jerzy MuzykPAP/Art Service

We tried to contact Vice President Muzyk on Friday, but to no avail. In an interview with “Gazeta Krakowska”, the politician emphasized that during the next three weeks of the campaign he would “present his position on various issues important for the city.” – I have daily duties, from which no one relieved me, and it is a job that takes a lot of time. So I have limited opportunities for meetings, but I believe that the residents know me from the difficult issues I dealt with. My candidacy will also be a verification and assessment of how the people of Krakow perceive me at the end of my term, he noted.

The vice-president of Krakow expressed his dissatisfaction with the course of the election campaign so far, although he admitted that Andrzej Kulig is the only candidate who has “a very in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the city hall and the city's problems.”

– I talked to President Jacek Majchrowski and the president said he didn't want me to run. Mr. President cannot and has not done so to use such terms that he forbids me or something like that. This is my personal decision, very important and responsible for me, and that's why I made it – the musician told “Gazeta Krakowska”.

We were unable to contact Andrzej Kulig.

Candidates for the president of Krakow

Elections local government elections will be held on April 7, and the second round in the elections of presidents, mayors and commune heads will be held on April 21.

The four candidates for the president of Krakow are MPs: Konrad Berkowicz (ConfederationKWW Konfederacja i Niepartyjni Samorządowcy), Łukasz Kmita (PISKW Law and Justice), Rafał Komarewicz (Poland 2050, KWW Rafał Komarewicza Kraków Trzecia Droga), Aleksander Miszalski (PO, KWW Civic Coalition).

Those who do not belong to political parties, but are running with the support of politicians, are: councilor and city activist Łukasz Gibała (KWW Łukasz Gibała – Krakow for Residents) – he was supported by the Razem party; and the First Deputy President for Social and Municipal Policy, Andrzej Kulig (KWW Andrzej Kulig “Towards the future”) – recommended by PSL.

The following candidates are running as non-partisans and without political support: Adam Hareńczyk (KWW Zpokojeni dla Krakowie) – lawyer, entrepreneur, urban activist; Stanisław Mazur (KWW Stanisława Mazura) – political scientist, rector of the University of Economics. At the last minute, Vice President Jerzy Muzyk (KWW Samorządny Kraków) joined them.

The current mayor of the former capital announced last fall that he did not intend to run for re-election. He explained this decision, among others: his age – he is 77 years old – and his desire to spend more time with his family.

Author:Bartłomiej Plewnia

Main photo source: Jacek Bednarczyk/PAP

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