Most people in kissingen probably don’t know all that much about the town of wunsiedel. The district town in southern upper franconia is known, among other things, for its spectacular luisenburg rock labyrinth and the annual theater festival held there. Others may still know that the writer jean paul (1763-1825) was born in wunsiedel. For many years, the town also attracted unwelcome attention because of the grave of rudolf heb, the hitler deputy who was buried there, which was a pilgrimage site for his followers.
Now, younger kissing residents in particular will perhaps take a closer look at what makes the town of 9,000 inhabitants in the fichtelgebirge so special. A young man from kissingen wants to become mayor there. The executive committee of the CSU in wunsiedel has proposed 29-year-old nicolas lahovnik as a candidate for next year’s mayoral election. At the presentation, the christian socialists from wunsiedl called lahovnik an expert in budgetary matters. According to reports from regional media, they also praised him for his "high level of economic competence" to. He wants to "approach all groups in wunsiedel", said the 29-year-old himself to a regional newspaper. In any case, he does not see himself as a party soldier. Formal nomination by the members of the CSU in wunsiedl still has to follow, however. Lahovnik is to succeed the incumbent mayor, karl-willi beck, also a CSU member, who has already been elected three times to the office of city leader. According to media reports, beck will not run again for health reasons. It is not yet clear whether lahovnik will have to reckon with opposing candidates. Currently, the CSU has an absolute majority in the wunsiedl city council.