New-old mayor Majchrowski
It took two rounds to elect a mayor in Krakow out of two finalists – Jacek Majchrowski, presently incumbent independent president and his opponent Stanislaw Kracik, the voyvod (provincial governor) of Malopolska and former mayor of Niepolomice city (east off Krakow), also independent, but supported by governing center-right Platforma Obywatelska (Civil Platform) party.
In the first round held two weeks ago there were four more candidates, but apparently they weren’t a force to be reckoned at all in Krakow’s political scene. In the second round Majchrowski won 60 to 40 percent with Kracik, which sets him up for third term of office in a row. The voter turnout was only slightly over 30 percent, and it is said that politics was here not as important factor as the frost, reaching in Krakow today as low as -12 degrees Celsius.
– I have never appealed to votes of any political party. I have always appealed to common sense of citizens of Krakow and I think it is this sense, along with already achieved goals have resulted in such an outcome – said Majchrowski after first results have been announced.
Majchrowski (left) won 60% to 40%