It says the mayoral candidates in Hohendubrau

On June 12, voters can choose from three candidates to lead Hohendubrau municipality as mayor over the next seven years. They are incumbent Mayor Denis Riese, health assistant Henrik Biehle and bus driver and city council member Bernd Stephan.

SZ asked all three applicants six identical questions about the mayoral post. Only Denis Riese took the trouble to answer them in detail. Bernd Stephan was very short. Henrik Biehle still did not answer five days after receiving the questions and several inquiries. Voters can now make their own assessment of the candidates.

Why are you running for or re-election as mayor?

D. Giant: For the past seven years, the course has been set in Hohendubrau for a happy future for the residents of the local community. I would like to continue to elaborate and accompany the successes, what is needed and what has been initiated. I would like to continue to use the networks established for the benefit of the community of Hohendubrau and its residents.

B. Stephen: Competition stimulates business.

How do you assess the care of the residents in the medical field and in trade and commerce? Where do you see a need for action in the individual cities of Hohendubrau?

D. Giant: With the completion of the Dr.-Maria-Grollmuß-Straße site next year, basic medical care in rural areas can be considered largely guaranteed. As for trade and commerce, I already shared at the election event on Wednesday my belief in why one store closes after another because we do not go there. Here, every resident of Hohendubrau has it in their own hands whether they ensure the economic survival of the shops with their regular purchases and sales. Hohendubrau municipality will continue to kindly support business start-ups in the municipality, but must not become active in this area itself.

B. Stephen: No answer

Assuming you are mayor, how important are the associations in your work? What funding opportunities would you use, and how can the local community participate from their clubs?

D. Giant: Clubs are indispensable for living together in our society, they fill the gaps that society has to leave due to the statutory tasks. In 2021, the clubs in Hohendubrau were directly and indirectly funded with a total of 38,663.14 euros. Hohendubrau has a wide range of associations, fire brigades, cultural, sports, homeland, village, senior, children and youth associations, which already participate in support from the Hohendubrau community. For the municipality of Hohendubrau, it is already a voluntary task to receive the previous support, which is difficult to carry out.

B. Stephen: To shape the future together with the clubs.

Hendrik Biehle, the sitting Denis Riese and Bernd Stephan (from left) are candidates for the mayoral election in Hohendubrau municipality.
© André Schulze

Is firefighting and fire safety in the community where you expect it to be?

D. Giant: The current fire protection plan writes an investment requirement of 1.68 million euros in 2026 in the specifications of Hohendubrau municipality. It’s hard to afford. With what we have achieved over the last seven years, we have improved a lot, but we must not give up in our efforts to protect the population, as shown by the purchase of the fire truck for the local fire brigade in Groß Radisch, which will take place in the next couple of years. The daily operational readiness can be considered to be regularly secured in all three local fire brigades in Hohendubrau. Not only interesting services, modern technology and up-to-date equipment as well as the fire department’s fitness studio have led to the growth of 45 active comrades in recent years, but also personal contact and advertising to the fire service is important and correct. and continue to be necessary.

B. Stephen: Here, the recruitment of young people has the highest priority.

Day care and school are two reasons why a municipality is attractive to young people. What ideas do you have for making Hohendubrau worth living in for foreigners?

D. Giant: Preservation of day care institutions and primary school through sensible and necessary investments is the basic building block for an attractive place to live for young families. Demographic change is not going unnoticed by Hohendubrau. By supporting possible projects for age-appropriate housing in rural areas, young families will have the opportunity to leave city centers and live in the immediate vicinity of their parents and grandparents. Hohendubrau municipality still has a single building plot that is ready for construction, here no further development can take place at present, we can only force the so-called column development here with the support of private property owners.

B. Stephen: No answer

Name three focus points that you would tackle and implement in Hohendubrau over the next seven years – and why?

D. Giant: First, broadband expansion. It can be considered completed with future-proof fiber optics in the districts of Jerchwitz, Groß Saubernitz, Thräna, Sandförstgen, parts of Dauban and Gebelzig. The connection is imminent for Gebelzig. For reasons beyond the control of the municipality of Hohendubrau, parts of Dauban, almost the entire Groß Radisch and the Weigersdorf and Ober Prauske locations have not yet been expanded. This must be done as soon as possible, even though broadband up to 50 megabits is available in the aforementioned cities via the no longer future-proof copper cable. The last two years have shown, for example in the home office, home cooling or lack of retail, how important broadband is today.

Second, flood protection. At the same time, this must be able to bridge the gap between feasibility and future challenges from climate change. Not all flood victims’ proposals can be implemented. Flood protection must be rethought for Hohendubrau and seen as a single measure, also in the context of the neighboring communities of Mücka and Malschwitz.

Third, residential areas. The municipality also owns two larger areas that are suitable as attractive residential locations. The planning and building law requirements must be created here over the next few years in order to be able to offer young families housing locations that can be built on in the immediate future.

B. Stephen: We have to see that the cycle path from Gebelzig to Weißenberg can finally be completed. What has already been created must also be preserved.

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