Around twenty JUers were there when Vredens new mayor Tom Tenostendarp was a guest at the Junge Union Bocholt last Friday. Chairman Lukas Behrendt welcomed "the youngest mayor of Westphalia", who was connected via video conference.
"I already know some of you from the JU district board," Tenostendarp greeted the JUers present. Then he reported from the first hundred days in his new office. He placed particular emphasis on digitizing the town hall. "Less is printed out in the office than before". He also made initial contact with his Dutch counterparts. "Because two thirds of Vreden's city limits are also the border with the Netherlands." For the future, he has decided to develop a cycle path concept for Vreden. He also wanted to take a look at Bocholt's already finished mobility concept.
The cooperation with Bocholt's mayor Thomas Kerkhoff is very close. "We have a close exchange among the mayors in the Borken district," reports Tenostendarp. “Of course, Thomas Kerkhoff has more experience than mayor. I can definitely benefit from that. ”He has also taken over a well-tended field from his predecessor Christoph Holtwisch. He is also still in close contact with him.
In the local elections on September 13, 2020, Tom Tenostendarp was elected as the new mayor of Vreden with 67,5% of the vote. The twenty-nine-year-old lawyer had previously been politically active in the Junge Union and the CDU. JU chairman Lukas Behrendt emphasized: "It is important that young people get involved in politics and also have the opportunity to take responsibility in offices."
Finally, the cotton express, the planned bus connection from Bocholt via Vreden and Gronau to Bad Bentheim, was discussed. Christian Stevens, deputy JU chairman and member of the district council, emphasized the importance of the bus connection. “This is an important topic in the district's transport committee. Especially the north-south connection of the district can be improved by this expansion of the public transport offer. "
Other topics of the meeting were the planned Germany Day of the Junge Union in Münster in October 2021 as well as this year's federal election. "We will of course support our long-time chairman Sven Volmering in his Bundestag candidacy in the Ruhr area", said Behrendt. “For example in the doorstep election campaign, if the pandemic allows it.” The Junge Union Bocholt days continue to meet via video conference. “However, one or the other beer is part of most political discussions.” But the sociable is of course currently neglected. "But we're making the best of it and hope that we can meet again in person soon."