Our candidates for the City Council in 2021

Eileen O'Sullivan

Eileen O'Sullivan

Leading candidate

Eileen's topics for this election (click on the links to learn more):

Questions to Eileen

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

Outside of my job at Volt, I am a student of political and comparative religious studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt. I also work in a small Frankfurt shop.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

Politics should be done for and with people. I want to make Frankfurt's urban policy more pragmatic beyond political trench warfare and to initiate bold solutions that make our city more livable for all citizens and involve them. This also means diversifying Frankfurt's politics in terms of age, gender and origin.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

Frankfurt would become a safe harbour, within the Alleenring the city would be traffic-free and public transport would be sufficiently developed. An annual democracy convention would take place, bringing together people from all sectors of society to work together to develop solutions for Frankfurt.

4: Why Volt:

I grew up in Germany as the daughter of a Turkish mother and an Irishman. Looking beyond national borders is important to me when we make political decisions - the thinking which considers people less valuable because of their origin, appearance, identity, sexuality is one that stands in the way of a fair, equal society. Together, we can do much more than we can do in national solo efforts, really tackle and solve today's cross-border problems, and look forward confidently to the future with a strong vision. All this I only find within Volt.

Lara Goertz

Lara Goertz

Leading candidate

Lara's topics for this election (click on the links to learn more):

Questions to Lara

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I work as a bank clerk at the Frankfurter Sparkasse. Besides that I study business informatics.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

I am running because I see a lot of potential for digitisation in the city. In Europe, there are already good best-practice approaches to digitise e.g. government procedures.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

As someone from Bornheim, I like to spend time in Berger Street. My wish is to make the road car-free and to create more space for bicycles etc. Of course, it is not enough simply to block the road for cars. A holistic approach must be developed.

4: Why Volt:

I joined Volt because I care about a united and free Europe. With my German-Polish family, I have always felt both "German" and "Polish", i.e. in fact as "European". I also like the pragmatic approach. Which cities can we learn from in Frankfurt?

Martin Huber

Martin Huber

Leading candidate

Martin's topics for this election (click on the links to learn more):

Questions to Martin

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I am currently completing my degree in Politics and Law (B.A.) at Goethe University.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

I am running in order to show how important and enriching the idea of European integration is in our European city. We must understand the local level as part of a federal Europe.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

I definitely want more car-free zones in the city. This would instantly increase the quality of human beings and nature.

4: Why Volt:

Faced with global challenges, policy has so far been far too national. Volt recognised this opportunity and founded itself as the first party to operate throughout Europe - and this is what convinced me.

Britta Wollkopf neu

Britta Wollkopf

Leading candidate

Questions to Britta

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I work as a team leader in the administration and am responsible for the area of human resources.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

Some political developments and the climate crisis have been concerning me more and more in recent years. I have repeatedly asked myself the questions: what future are we heading for? What can I do myself? Since politics starts at the municipal level, I would like to make a difference here.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

Personally, I would like to see Frankfurt as a cycling city. I no longer want cars, bicycles and pedestrians to compete, but instead modern and holistic concepts.

4: Why Volt:

No other party can represent my political beliefs and personal values in the same way. And no other party could convince me with such energy and a spirit that something can really be changed.

Johannes Hauenschild

Johannes Hauenschild

Questions to Johannes

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I study Business Administration.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

I am running because I want Volt's ideas also to be implemented in Frankfurt.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

To reduce shop rents. In Frankfurt, a lot of culture is lost because smaller companies cannot afford the rents.

4: Why Volt:

I am at Volt because I believe that everyone has to do something for a better world and Volt has the best approaches to it.

Elisa Grote

Elisa Grote

Questions to Elisa

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I have recently finished my Law studies. Until the start of my legal traineeship I am working at a law firm specialising in labour law.  

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

I am running in the local election because I would like to actively change things and make Frankfurt fit for the future.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

If I could change something in Frankfurt overnight, it would be the housing market. Unfortunately, there is less and less affordable housing, which makes the city less attractive. I think that housing in Frankfurt should not become a privilege.

4: Why Volt:

I am with Volt because I am impressed by the pragmatic approach, the tireless commitment of the members and the pro-European attitude. At Volt, I have the feeling that everyone is pulling in the same direction - for the values we share.

Fabian Annich

Fabian Annich

Question to Fabian

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

Until the start of the Corona pandemic, I was the founder of the Frankfurt start-up "TalentZ". I am currently still self-employed and organise events and events such as the start-up SAFARI Frankfurt Rhein Main.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

Previously I wanted to leave Germany and Europe. But after spending a lot of time abroad I found out that I actually have everything in my hometown of Frankfurt. We are a colourful world village that has so much to offer at a high level and all within 15 minutes by bike. I hope that this city will open up even more and become a beacon for lived diversity and European cosmopolitanism.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

I would like to ban SUVs in the city centre and guarantee every homeless or drug-addicted person in Frankfurt a daily shower and a place to sleep.

4: Why Volt:

We need to rethink politics, with more citizen participation, more pragmatism, and implementation power.

Volt is a party of young to old makers. We stand for social and sustainable policies for all people and we want to achieve results, rather than just talking. Together with the other Volt members, I feel that I can make a difference.

Lennard Everwien

Lennard Everwien

Questions to Lennard

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1: What do you do outside of Volt?

I work for a small company in finance and IT, helping companies to realize their full digital potential. On the side, I co-founded the EuropeCares initiative and help send aid for refugees to Lesvos, Samos and other hotspots.

2: Why are you running as a candidate?

We need more people who are committed to a new, ambitious and honest policy. I'm running because I believe that with courageous politics we can make life in Frankfurt fairer and more livable - not me alone, but all of us together.

3: What would you most like to change from one day to the next?

I would want to make sure that the path out of homelessness is paved and not made more difficult. Housing is a human right, we should start treating it that way. I would also like to create a city that also works digitally - from innovative governance to modern schools, to a city-funded digital platform for retail.

4: Why Volt:

Because politics needs to be made for a new generation. How can it be that we live in a world of digital natives, but politics today only works in analog? With progressive thoughts and new politics, I want us to think European and we don't reinvent the wheel for everything. This is what I found at Volt.