Making a splash: Centenarian runs for office in German town


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KIRCHHEIMBOLANDEN, Germany: For most individuals, reaching 100 can be cause sufficient to place one’s ft up and take issues straightforward, however Lisel Heise has different concepts.
The German centenarian, a former sports activities instructor, has began a brand new chapter in her life by operating for election to the council in her residence city of Kirchheimbolanden.
She’s focusing her marketing campaign on reopening the city’s outside swimming pool, which closed in 2011.
Heise has lengthy been vocal in her efforts to resurrect it - she dislikes its alternative on the outskirts of city - however has discovered that, as an older lady, her opinions have typically been ignored.
Now that she’s reached three figures, she hopes to show age to her benefit.
“The microphone was typically turned off once I began to discuss the swimming pool, after which in fact you cease, there’s no level,” she informed Reuters.
“However now that I’m 100, I’m in a unique place. Now I've the prospect to open my mouth and say one thing.”
The poll is on Might 26 and voters in Kirchheimbolanden, a city of some eight,000 within the south-western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, are beginning to pay attention.
A well known determine regionally, Heise is operating as a candidate for grassroots group “Wir fuer Kibo” (“Kirchheimbolanden is Us”), which campaigns for sustainable improvement and extra civic engagement.
“We’re very comfortable to have Lisel Heise on board. She’s introduced us publicity so we will talk our objectives higher and get our message throughout,” stated group board member Helga Buermann.
A grandmother and great-grandmother many occasions over, Heise’s major hope in operating for workplace is that she will “lastly do one thing for younger individuals.”
And what of her wider political beliefs?
“Brexit ought to by no means have been given a platform. And I discover it splendid that younger individuals are making an attempt to deal with local weather points. One can solely want them each success in that enterprise.”
Regardless of the outcome subsequent month, Heise has some ideas for anybody eager to comply with in her footsteps.
“To succeed in the age of 100, I inform everyone: stay healthily if you’re younger, do numerous sport, eat nicely and practice your thoughts,” she stated.
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