In november, shortly before the deadline for nominations expired, franz kuhn (CSU) was unexpectedly forced to refrain from running for mayor of the municipality of oerlenbach for health reasons. Just as surprisingly, one month before the official end of the election period, he was elected 31st mayor of oerlenbach. Marz put into early retirement. With time to spare, the 61-year-old now looks back with satisfaction on the results of his six years in office.
If you ask franz kuhn about special highlights or disappointments during his six-year term as mayor of the community of 5,000 residents, he answers soberly and matter-of-factly: "everything actually went according to plan." His predecessor of many years, siegfried erhard (CSU), had already initiated a number of things that kuhn was able to bring to a successful conclusion. He is paying for the over six million euro general renovation of the wilhelm hegler hall, the necessary expansion of the building yard, and the rapid establishment of companies in the oerlenbach/poppenhausen business park at the highway exit. The commercial area "am kreisel" is just as lively where the food discounter norma last opened its branch at the end of october. There are already interested parties for the remaining 10,000 square meters, and the new mayor, nico rogge (CSU), has to make the right choice from among them.
The 61-year-old wishes his successor, who is only 33 years old, "that he will go his own way. As a young man, he will perhaps set other priorities, kuhn suspects. Rogge may have a harder time at first, as he has not been a member of the town council and therefore has no practical experience of running the town, unlike kuhn, who had been deputy mayor for twelve years before taking office in 2014.