D66 councilor switches to local party


With that the opposition party disappears from the Damster council, because D66 had one seat.

Dissatisfied with the national line

Van Ekelenburg says he is particularly disappointed in the national policy of the party: ‘The handling of the earthquake problems is one big drama here. I felt that we were not being taken seriously. And here are more problems, such as an aging population and a weak labor market. I don’t have to look for solutions in national politics. ‘

Municipal interests Eemsdelta is not the same party as Municipal interests Appingedam. GBE was founded by Lijst Stulp, which was previously only active in Delfzijl. In view of the reorganization and the elections, the name has been changed to Gemeentebelangen Eemsdelta. Van Ekelenburg is expected to be in second place on the candidate list.

Municipal interests Appingedam, together with Fraction 2014 from Delfzijl and Loppersum Vooruit, has merged into Local Interest in the Eemsdelta.

For the region I think it has no added value to represent the party, but I will remain a member.

Cees van Ekelenburg

Political parties speak of seat robbery when a councilor goes to another party and takes his seat with him. Usually these members are expelled. Van Ekelenburg has not yet canceled his membership at D66. ‘I don’t think it has any added value to represent the party for the region, but I will remain a member. We will see what happens. ‘

More councilors change parties

With less than two months to go before the elections, more councilors in the Eemsdelta municipalities are changing parties. GroenLinks councilor Tim Haan from Delfzijl left the party out of dissatisfaction a few weeks ago and has joined GBE.

Hans Warink from Loppersum is leaving Lokaal Belang Eemsdelta and also joins GBE. Former PVV councilor Johan Schanssema from Delfzijl has left for the Youth Party Eemsdelta.

Delfzijl, Appingedam and Loppersum will merge into the new municipality of Eemsdelta on 1 January 2021. The elections for the city council are on Wednesday, November 18.

Also read:
Everything about earthquakes in Groningen
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– Board of SP Het Hogeland resigns: remaining councilor continues independently
– PVV disappears from Delfzijl: councilor continues under his own title

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