Mike Josef (SPD) on his candidacy for mayor in Frankfurt

Mr. Josef, you want to be mayor of Frankfurt. What does your wife actually say about this?

Manfred Koehler

Head of department of the Rhein-Main editorial team of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

I am happy and grateful that my wife supports me. Frankfurt has become my home over the past twenty years. This is where I met my wife, she followed my path. She already knew me when I had no offices and no mandate. You can’t do it without your partner. She said: This is a unique opportunity, you’re doing it quite well, I’m behind it. That was crucial for me to be able to say: I’ll do it.

And how did the children react? Do they understand that?

We talked about it, but they still don’t really understand what it’s about. I once said jokingly: If I become mayor, then there will be more sweets in Frankfurt am Main. Then the little one answered: If I become mayor, there will be trick or treats.

Have you been approached on the street and asked for charity? A new cycle path here, a few parking spaces there?

I’ve also been asked why the bike lanes are red and not white. Of course, the events of the past few weeks and months are repeatedly addressed. But you also notice that the range of topics is expanding – from the playground to cleanliness.

“I want to look ahead and draw attention to myself, in the classic election campaign on the street, in home visits, with flyers, brochures and on social media.”

Image: Frank Röth

How do you rate your level of awareness?

I am now 39 years old and have been the party chairman for almost ten years SPD. I’ve been Head of Planning for six years and Head of Sports for a year. I’ve been involved in local politics since 2011 and have been a city councilor since 2011. You can get around there, implement things, get into a lot of conversations. I find that fun. I like to listen and I like to talk to people. This helps you to see the gray tones and overcome black and white thinking. Through my work I have proven that I also have the necessary personal maturity.

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