Frank Matt is green mayor of Vorarlberg.
57-year-old Frank Matt becomes the first green mayor of Vorarlberg. He prevailed on Sunday in Lochau, in the mayor’s runoff election against incumbent Michael Simma (61, ÖVP). Matt received 54.5% the vote, Simma 45.5%.
In the runoff election, Matt converted a deficit of 151 votes in the first round of voting, into a lead of 224 votes. While 1,366 citizens expressed their confidence in him (54.47% share of the vote), Simma got 1,142 votes (45.53 %).
In the first ballot on September 13, Matt was nearly seven percentage points behind Simma. Mayor Simma, who has been in office since 2014, received 1,024 votes (47.36%), Matt received 873 votes (40.38%).
The turnout in the runoff election increased by 3.91 percentage points to 51.71, compared to the first ballot (September 13: 47.80%).
Simma and Matt competed against each other in the mayor’s direct election in 2015. At that time, Simma still had the upper hand over Matt (26.27%), with a share of the vote of 59.31% and avoided a runoff election.
Matt, who practiced as an ophthalmologist, entered politics in 2010 as a “newcomer” – as he called himself. But he had been involved in environmental policy for much longer. What began in a youth group of the Nature Conservation Union in Bregenz continued in active protest in the Hainburger Au and at the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant.
He entered into the political commitment for the Greens in his home community, because green issues were “missing” in Lochau until his entry, as he once called it. In addition to environmental issues, the father of four, Matt, who also has a grandchild, put the focus in the 2020 election campaign on family friendliness, affordable housing and community cooperation.