This list alone gives the September municipal elections in Hradec Králové the promise of a drastic change in the management of the town hall, which the opposition calls for from duty and, if necessary, the majority of the city’s inhabitants.

With the exception of the Coalition for Hradec, all the other big players have already introduced at least one of their candidates, and thus the hottest candidates for the positions of mayor and the city council.

Change can be expected. Except for the number one Change and the Greens Adam ZárubaHowever, who is a kind of opposition Trojan horse in the nine-member corps, none of the well-known leaders of the city council sat. Four out of nine were never even deputies.

And because most of the leaders of their groups, who have the greatest hopes for mandates, are known, their deployment with the editorial staff of MF DNES is evaluated by Jan Květina, a political scientist and historian from the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences and the University of Hradec Králové.

YES will deploy an unworn leader

Probably the biggest surprise was the nomination of YES. The movement, which dissolved and re-established local organizations in December due to serious internal disagreementselected Jana Šandová to head.

List of well-known election leaders in Hradec Králové:

YES: Jana Sandova

ODS: Miroslav Hloušek

HDK + TOP 09: Pavlína Springerová

Pirates: Pavel Vrbický

Greens change: Adam Záruba

TENT: Luboš Hoker

KSČM: Tana Sormova

We are developing Hradec: Jan Holásek

Cantors and non-partisans: Jan Faltynek

The winner of the Hradec Králové elections in 2018 bet on a 37-year-old volunteer firefighter and beekeeper, who has political experience only from the regional council, where she works in committees for culture and social affairs.

The smoke screen was information that the leader could be ex-minister Klára Dostálová, or the director of the Sion Center Denis Doksanský, deputy mayor Pavel Marek or deputy Jiří Mašek.

“There has been speculation in the YES movement about the deployment of possible strong cadres from national politics. However, the final form of the candidate reflecting the bet on relatively new unseen faces is logical, “Jan Květina evaluates the choice of Jana Šandová.

“Especially if we take into account what an internal crisis the Hradec Králové cell ANO has gone through in recent months. If, in addition to the unsuccessful coalition with the ODS, significant personal animosities within the regional cell were one of the causes of the crisis, it is clear that the selection of leaders and the selection of candidates had to take into account within the movement, “says Jan Květina.

The mayors for the first time alone

Former ambassador and former ambassador to Kuwait and Qatar Martin Dvorak went to last year’s parliamentary elections with great enthusiasm. Even then, he expected to run in the municipal elections in Hradec Králové, but STAN’s plans and ambitions were hampered by his appointment as Deputy Foreign Minister.

The movement runs for the elections independently, four years ago it ran with the Free and East Bohemians and did not get into the Hradec Králové council. Thus, in their election premiere in Hradec Králové, the mayors pointed to the 39-year-old logistics of Luboš Hoker, who will lead a predatory and young team as a leader.

“The image of the STAN candidate fits into the overall strategy of the movement, which, after scandals at the national level, needs to strengthen the image of enthusiastic but responsible younger citizens entering politics from below and seeking an active approach to public affairs,” warns Květina.

The ODS relies on the image of a police officer

As the leader of the ODS, the director of the city police, Miroslav Hloušek, may seem as surprising a move as the deployment of Šandová and Hoker. But the Civic Democrats are probably well aware that police, firefighters and paramedics can be interested in elections.

It can also be a “repentance effect”, ie the removal of Mayor Alexander Hrabálek and Deputy Minister Jiří Bláha to fifth and seventh place candidate.

“For both of them, this is a politically and media-unpleasant affair, which, of course, they may consider on a personal level as a sign of an impending throw overboard. However, if we look back at the end of the election period, the signals have been there for a long time. The collapse of the coalition and the bargaining power, which de facto did not lead to any systemic solutioncaused that the prestige of the local ODS suffered severe blows and the image of the party received the unfortunate label of a frog at the spring, which does not manage the city management or communication to the public, “says the political scientist.

“The ODS is in an awkward position before the elections, because due to the current direction it is difficult to build a campaign to promote the results of the current period: after all, the implementation of stadium-type projects, which the city has been waiting for decades, triumph, it is currently gaining a taste of public criticism, “Květina points out the difficulties associated with it construction of a multifunctional arena, which will surely cost the city more than the announced 568 million. Moreover, despite the efforts, Hradec must forget about the subsidy of up to 300 million from the National Sports Agency.

Holásek versus Springerová

Martin Dvořák’s candidacy is out of the question, but he will be a prominent figure in the first place Senator Jan Holásek. The 43-year-old lawyer will announce his next political mission only this week, but according to information from MF DNES, his group will be called Rozvíjíme Hradec.

After leaving the HDK representative club in October, Holásek works as an independent representative and he cannot be denied that he can speak at the often chaotic meetings of the council at the right time. Pavlína Springerová can also do that, although she does not calm the heated atmosphere at the councils, but she often beats the disbanded coalition at the right moment.

The HDK leader probably has mixed feelings about Holásek’s candidacy. It is clear that they rob each other of similar types of voters.

“Senator Holásk’s initiative is understandable given his efforts to build a more permanent political background in the Hradec Králové region. The question is, of course, to what extent this initiative can harm the main black horse of the forthcoming HDK elections, for which Mr Holásek was elected as a non-party in the last municipal elections. Until the recent termination of the cooperation, it was to some extent logical that the stable Holásk platform was made up of HDK, ”says Jan Květina.

“Even without the differences of opinion that led to the senator’s departure from the representative club, it would still be difficult to combine Holásek’s leadership with the ambitions of HDK, as it is hard to imagine that the brand would be willing to play the role of a mere senator in Hradec Králové politics. club, especially when after a failed period in the city council 2014 to 2018 and thanks to the fiasco of the current dysfunctional coalition ODS and YES, HDK took a new breath and with a proven face Pavlína Springerová is really considering the chair of the mayor, “commented Květina souboj Holásek versus Springerová.

Cantors collect protest votes

After Mayors and the We Develop Hradec platform, the Association of Cantors and Non-Partisans is the third newcomer to the Hradec Králové scene. Behind its creation is great dissatisfaction with the support of education. The leader is Jan Faltýnek, director of Mandysova Elementary School.

“The civic initiative of the principals of Hradec Králové schools will be a very specific phenomenon of the elections. They will strive especially for the protest votes of the Hradečák family, who have run out of patience with the existing sets at the town hall, regardless of party affiliation, “claims Květina.

“This initiative is also understandable given the city’s poorly functioning school policy, but its eventual success in the elections is conditional on finding a certain mod vivendi with HDK, which due to its local nature will seek a similar type of voters, but also convincing program DNA, the voter would find that the directors, as managers, may be able to manage the city and at the same time have an overview of topics outside the field of education, ”warns the political scientist.