These are the people that we support:
For Brand New Federal & State Parliaments
Following the success of the BNB candidates in the 2021 Federal Elections, we are now taking our concentrated progressive power to the countryside. For the state elections in Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Lower Saxony, we received 40 nominations in response to our call. After many hours of interviews and panel discussions, we have found the people we want to see in our State Legislatures, to represent our Republic.
They have the energy, courage, and unbridled willpower it will take to face the challenges of our time. They are the people who can bring about the change we need, and find those better solutions that keep all our people in mind.
In the meantime, BNB is also already represented in the State Assemblies of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein with Antje Grothus and Nelly Waldeck.
We offer these candidates strategic advice, connections to the press, and workshops on essential political, organizational, and campaigning know-how. When possible, we provide volunteers who can supplement and expand the candidate’s team.
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State elections Lower Saxony
Bersenbrück Constituency | SPD | Postition 72
Besian Krasniq (25) is hoping for a seat representing his home district of Bersenbrück, as a member of the SPD.
The main focus of this young, Lower Saxony Socialist Co-Chairman is domestic and financial policy, especially in regards to the police and racism. He wants to focus on addressing racial profiling and streamlining the asylum and migration process. Besian also wants to take a more active role in the structural redevelopment of Lower Saxony by making the automotive industry climate and future-proof whilst also securing newer and safer jobs in the region. The BNB jury was won over by Besian’s passionate commitment and obvious motivation for fair and non-discriminatory bureaucracy, with express consideration towards the Police and Immigration Offices. In addition, they were impressed by Besian’s self-image as someone who actively seeks to represent those who are unrepresented-especially the younger strata-and fights for their cause.
Bremervörde Constituency | Alliance 90/The Green Party | Position 32
Faruk Maulawy is running for a seat representing Bremervörde, as a member of the Green Party. Faruk Maulawy’s main priority is Education Reformation, intending to achieve equal opportunities in practice. Faruk also advocates for a new policy toward Islamic people. This policy should consist of a greater consideration towards the internal diversity of the faith – i.e. the many different cultures that practice – and the emancipation of German Islam from foreign organizations. Faruk convinced the jury with his wide-ranging commitment to progressive issues, especially his involvement in Students-For-Future on both a federal and local level. The BNB panel highlighted Faruk’s ability to drive progressive change in rural areas, where he resides, as reasoning for offering support to a worthy candidate.
You can find more about Faruk on his Instagram!
State Election of Lower Schleswig-Holstein
Rendsburg-Eckernförde Constituency | The Left Party | Position 12
Maximilian Reimers has been active in Civil Society for a long time, continually fighting against the oncoming Climate Catastrophe. In particular, he is a proponent of a citizen’s energy transition. He also seeks to create an alternative to the large online trading platforms to strengthen local economies. The jury was convinced by his history as an activist and his motivation to get voices heard in the right places. They enjoyed his pragmatic approach to activism and power.
Segeberg-East Constituency | SPD | Position 27
Tarek Saad fled Syria in 2014 and has worked in Germany for the promotion of Democracy ever since
His main focus has been Climate Change and Immigration Policy. Tarek won over the BNB jury with his reverence for the institution of Democracy and his indomitable will to preserve, protect, and improve it. His progressive ideas, such as including more of the population in the decision-making process, and moving from a Representative Republic to a more Direct Democracy also impressed the panel.
State Election of North Rhine-Westphalia
Gütersloh Constituency, Harsewinkel and Herzebrock-Clarholz | SPD
The Chariman of the Gütersloh Socialists sought a seat representing Gütersloh, Harsewinkel and Herzebrock-Clarholz, as a member of the SPD
Stefan Schneidt campaigned for Climate Justice. A climate activist who worked with Fridays for Future (Climate Conscious Organization), he demands that we take the ecological crisis seriously, and drastically rework our climate and energy policies. He is also a Political Science student with a focus on health and educational policy in addition to the aforementioned climate politics. Stefan convinced the Jury with his evident desire for non-partisan cooperation and his committed fight against the climate catastrophe.
Leverkusen Constituency | Alliance 90/The Green Party | Position 39
Rupy David ran for a seat representing Leverkusen, as a member of the Green Party
Inclusion and Sports Policy are at the top of Rupy Davids’s list. As Deputy Spokesperson for the Federal Department of Sports Policy and Spokesperson for the Leverkusen District Association, she advocates for more equal rights. She also works under the party whip of the Green Party in the North Rhine-Westphalia State Assembly. With so many responsibilities, Rupy is more than just familiar with political and social challenges present in North Rhine-Westphalia. The BNB Jury was delighted by Rupy’s motivation to bring about lasting political change. In addition, she repeatedly demonstrated the positive impact her actions have on disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups.
There is more to be found about Rupy on her Instagram!
Duisburg III Constituency | Alliance 90/The Green Party | Position 47
Melih Keser ran for a seat representing Duisburg III as a member of the Green Party
Melih Keser has been involved in civil society for years with a commitment to social justice and anti-racism. He aims to represent and promote the diverse population of NRW. He also wishes to promote the walkability of cities and strengthen pedestrian traffic. The BNB Jury was taken about Melih’s open nature, as well as his desire to represent the whole of society, and represent those who have gone unrepresented.
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Dr. Franka Kretschmer
Bundestag | Magdeburg Constituency 69 | No Party Affilation
Franka Kretschmer is well known in Magdeburg for her numerous years of involvement in both the political and cultural scene. The Brand New Bundestag Jury was convinced, not only by her illustrious education – having received a Doctorate in Engineering, with a focus on the environment and energy technology – but also by her boundless will and optimism. While writing her Doctoral Thesis, Franka realized that there was just a lack of the political will necessary to prevent the worst effects of Climate Change. Since then, the scientist, activist, and mother has supported many important initiatives, including Bündnis Solidarisches Magdeburg (Anti Nazi Organization), Seebrücke (Pro Migration Organization), and Fridays for Future, and the newly established Platz*machen (Communal Area Organization). Franka Kretschmer is certain that new and innovative ways of citizen participation are needed in order to implement truly Just social reform. With her supporters, she fights for a future-oriented, science-informed policy that puts the people first.
Bundestag | Hessen Constituency 11 | Alliance 90/The Green Party
Kristina Jeromin impressed the BNB Jury with her experience, evident knowledge, and passion for a more sustainable fiscal policy. She advocates targeted, strategic financing as an essential lever for the social and economic transformation necessary for greater sustainability and thus, future viability. With ease and eloquence, she pointed to the financial dimension of any issue and the opportunities that a sustainable financial system holds for environmental protection, education, digitization, intergenerational justice, and social housing, as well as numerous other examples. In her opinion, it is important to bring Civil Society and Political Institutions closer together. She wishes to strengthen the belief in self-efficacy, and the importance of every individual, as well as the awareness that every individual can and should take responsibility for our future.
There is more about Kristina on her Website!
Bundestag | Gießen Constituency 173 | Alliance 90/The Green Party | Position 12
Behzad Borhani faces the challenges of our time with a strong voice for sports, culture, and diversity, in order to foster a society open to all. Behzad has been active in sports politics from the local up to the federal level for years. A board member of Sportsjugend Hessen (Youth Sports Organization), he has initiated many projects against right-wing extremism and projects in support of integration and democracy. He has also consolidated and expanded the exchange with European partner regions. In addition, he has built himself an extensive network in the cultural scene, mostly through his work at the municipal theater in Gießen. To support his candidacy, he wants to use his vast experience to strengthen political participation and diversity using creativity and curiosity.
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Lu Yen Roloff
Bundestag | Potsdam Constituency 61 | No Party Affiliation
Lu Yen Roloff is a part of the action. She is on-site, talks to the people, listens, and discusses. She knows that you can only truly understand something if you can take several differing perspectives into account. An activist working with Extinction Rebellion, Lu Yen Roloff knows how strong people are when they join forces. She wants to use that energy in her campaign, to boldly move forward and work with others to develop comprehensive solutions to problems, such as how to achieve that 1.5-degree goal. For her public-spirited political vision, she has a unique way of engaging with and empowering people. She also has the willpower, foresight, and courage to “just make things happen.” Her campaign slogan #EINFACHMACHEN (#JUSTDOIT) reflects these strengths.
Berlin House of Representatives | Berlin-Neukölln Constituency | The Urban Party
Edwin Greve impressed the BNB Jury with his quick-witted humor right at the first meeting. He is enormously passionate about fighting against racism and discrimination at the Migrationsrat Berlin e.V. (Migration Council) and as an expert in his field, has been doing important networking and educational work for years. We would love to see Ed Greve in the House of Representatives because we are convinced that he fights not in his own interests, but stands for others and strives to give marginalized groups a voice in the halls of power. In doing so, he is always clear and concise in recognizing problems and moving forward with proposed solutions.
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Bundestag | Braunschweig Constituency 50 | Alliance 90/The Green Party/ Position 15
Margaux Erdmann’s political priority lies in climate justice, democracy, feminism, and human rights. She stands against the divisions within society and wants to empower voters to use their right to vote to live in and defend democracy. Margaux is an active member of the Braunschweig Alliance against the Right and Braunschweig Anti-Discrimination Network. In 2018, she founded the Seebrücke Braunschweig (A subsidiary of the Seebrücke movement). As an activist, she seeks to carry these issues into the political arena and position herself as a proponent for social-ecological transformation, as well as a prominent defender of our democracy.
Bundestag | Görlitz Constituency 157 | The Left Party | Position 12
Within his Constituency, Marko Schmidt fights for a society without discrimination, in which diversity and solidarity are deeply held values. To this end, he has had an active role in promoting social, ecological, and structural changes in the Lusatian coalfields. He makes use of his years of Civil Society experience to advocate for the development of rural areas and stronger citizen participation in democracy. Marko wants to address the wishes and needs of the people in order to combat the current disenchantment crisis. For Marko, political structures need to be redeveloped so that politics can be discussed on an equal level within Civil Society. With great skill in communication and a strong networking mindset, Marko is committed to ensuring that the citizens’ perspectives are given the platform they deserve within the Bundestag
Bundestag | München-West/Middle Constituency 220 | SPD | Position 32
Seija Knorr-Koening is a candidate full of conviction. She argues for greater investment into the working conditions of nurses, and equal opportunity in healthcare and treatment, as well as against child poverty. A nurse and mother herself, she recognizes the need to further develop the welfare of the public, having firsthand knowledge and experience of the social injustice that can occur. For Seija, disenchantment with politics and susceptibility to right-wing populist views are linked directly with a fear of social degradation. For this reason, she stands for Distributive Justice, alongside an open society and Climate Consciousness.
Bundestag | Minden Constituency | SPD
The 18-year-old activist Paul Schilling plays an active role in the Fridays For Future movement and campaigns for a socially just, sustainable, and intergenerational solution to the climate crisis. BNB wants to work with Paul Schilling in order to help the younger generation have a voice in Parliament. He convinced the Jury with his progressive ideas, his energy, and his courage. Paul confronts political challenges in a targeted manner, with confidence in himself and others. He constantly questions the merits of the existing party structures. To incite change, he seeks to create a communicative, constructive exchange between people with respect on all fronts.
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Zandile A. Ngono
Bundestag | The Urban Party | Position 17
Zandile Ngono is a versatile candidate. Born in Gelsenkirchen, she has lived in several countries and worked with many different people. She can look back on jobs ranging from snack bars to star restaurants, and currently works as a personal Anti-Racism Coach. No matter the context, Zandile focuses on people and their stories. She wants to learn what moves people, what are their desires, and where does change need to happen to make life better? She invites people to participate in politics and constantly seeks out new are fervent supporters for her campaign. Together with her team, she fights for a better, safer, and fairer world for all people.
Bundestag | München-North Constituency | SPD
Philippa Sigl-Glöckner convinced the Jury with her great skill in fiscal policy, her courage as a politician, and her creative and grand ambition. Her political work builds on a broad range of experience as a politician. She used to work at the World Bank, as well as an advisor to the Liberian government. Philippa is not only quick-witted and intelligent but also very resolute in her wish to make the world fair. She is aware of her own privileges, and we trust her to remain so and continue the fight for Social Justice.
More about Philippa Sigl-Glöckner can be found on her Website!