Lots of new names at Leefbaar Rotterdam: ‘We want to be the biggest by far’ | Rotterdam

Leefbaar Rotterdam will go to the elections in March next year with many new faces. There are three newcomers in just the top five on the candidate list. Also noteworthy: the return of Gerben Vreugdenhil, who abruptly left the board last year.

After party leader Robert Simons, who had already been appointed by the party, in second place is newcomer Ingrid Coenradie. The sales manager applied for a job in person in Leefbaar and according to party president Ronald Buijt it was “a big surprise”. ,, she made a very good impression, she is good at various files, including integration. A great talent “.

Special is the return of Gerben Vreugdenhil, elected best councilor of Rotterdam in 2019, who left suddenly in 2020 for the troubled Warmtebedrijf. Buijt: ,, He was very valuable with his financial knowledge, to us and to the entire board. We are very happy with his return ”.

Tanya Hoogwerf in the council chamber, with Mayor Aboutaleb as an attentive listener. © ANP

Of the current eleven councilors of Leefbaar, four are no longer on the list. Tanya Hoogwerf, number two on the list four years ago, is now sixth. “We really wanted to keep her there,” assures Buijt. “You won’t get a third term for nothing. That was only given to two previous Leefbaar advisors.”

Leefbaar Rotterdam is by far the largest faction on the city council with eleven seats. But when the coalition was formed, the party fell into oblivion four years ago. Buijt: ,, We aim for one or two extra seats. And we think you can. We want to become so big that even seven parties can no longer form a majority to keep us out. We want to check. But not at all costs. We will remain ourselves “.

Four years ago, the arrival of PVV Leefbaar threatened to cost the seats. But the PVV only got to one and recently announced that he would not be returning.

Robert Simons, leader of Liveable Rotterdam.
Robert Simons, leader of Liveable Rotterdam. © Sanne Donders

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