It has been a very good choice for Conservatives in the Capital Region.
On the night before Wednesday, the party became the largest in the regional council measured in terms of seats for the first time ever – also larger than the Social Democrats.
On Friday night, it is also clear that the Conservatives’ Hans Toft will be the region’s biggest vote-getter in Tuesday’s election, after the personal votes have been finally counted. In total, Hans Toft, who was mayor of Gentofte Municipality for 28 years, received 35,225 personal votes.
That is more than twice as many as he got in the last regional election in 2017. Here, 16,015 citizens voted for him personally.
Hans Toft resigned in the spring as mayor to pass on the baton to Michael Fenger (K). The latter has since the election on Tuesday been appointed mayor of Gentofte.
Benedikte Kiær (K), mayor of Elsinore, has also given a boost to conservative progress. She received 16,040 personal votes, which is about the same level as when she last ran for the regional council in 2009. At the time, she was the Conservatives’ leading candidate.
Overall, the Conservatives have won five seats in the Capital Region. The party thus has ten seats in the regional council when the next election period begins from the new year.
The Social Democrats are going backwards
Meanwhile, the Social Democrats, who have so far been the largest party, lost four seats. Thus, the party from the new year has nine seats in the regional council.
Martin Geertsen, who is the Liberal Party’s health spokesman in the Folketing and was the party’s leading candidate in Tuesday’s regional election, is the one in the Capital Region who gets the second most personal votes. 17,029 citizens have put their cross by his name.
Meanwhile, Lars Gaardhøj (S), who has been elected chairman of the regional council, has received 13,704 votes. That brings him in as number four on the list. However, none of the above has reached the same level as the former regional council chairman Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (S).
In the 2017 election, she received 64,917 personal votes. Then came Martin Geertsen, who received 23,754 votes.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen resigned earlier this year as chairman because she wanted to campaign to become mayor of Copenhagen.
This summer, Lars Gaardhøj (S) took over as chairman. Until then, he had been group chairman of the Social Democrats in the region, but will now continue as chairman of the regional council for the next four years.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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