Alps. On Monday, November 2nd, 2020, the CDU parliamentary group in the Alpine Community Council held its 1st parliamentary group meeting of the new legislature in the pedagogical center, in compliance with the special distance and hygiene rules. In accordance with the statutes, the chairman of the CDU community association, Sascha van Beek, invited the Alpen CDU members elected in the local elections on September 13, 2020 to form a joint CDU parliamentary group. The deputy mayor Kurt Verhülsdonk, as the oldest member of the CDU council, has chosen the new chairman. The 38-year-old lawyer Sascha Buchholz was unanimously elected as the new leader of the majority parliamentary group. He immediately took over the chairmanship of the parliamentary group meeting and the further elections. As deputy Petra Bockstegers was unanimously elected as the parliamentary group chairwoman and managing director. Just as unanimously, Markus Kellings was re-elected as a further deputy, as in the previous legislature. As chairman of the municipal association, Sascha van Beek is also a member of the parliamentary group’s executive committee.
Sascha Buchholz was born in Duisburg in 1982 and has lived in Menzelen with his wife and their two children since 2008. As a lawyer, he is a partner in a law firm in Xanten, which focuses on advising medium-sized companies and local authorities. He volunteers as a legal advisor at the DRK district association Niederrhein eV He has been a member of the Alpine Community Council since 2017. About his new challenge, he says: “I am delighted that the parliamentary group has expressed its trust in me as the successor to long-time parliamentary group chairman Günter Helbig in order to work with them to achieve the best for all of the Alpine districts. As a majority party, the exchange with the parliamentary group members and the formation of opinions in the parliamentary group are of particular importance to us, in order to ultimately gain broad acceptance for solutions for the benefit of the community of Alpen. With Petra Bockstegers and Markus Kellings, I am very happy that I have two experienced and competent representatives by my side.
The CDU parliamentary group in the Council of the Alps has 17 council members. All constituencies in the Alps were won directly by the CDU. In addition, the CDU Alpen received a place on the list due to the election result. The new parliamentary group is completed by the competent citizens Ludger Staymann for the building, planning and environmental committee and Marina Buchholz, Carlo Ridder and Simon Lutter for the youth, school, sports and culture committee. In addition to the mayor Thomas Ahls, Herbert Oymann will also be invited to the parliamentary group meetings as the head of the Bönninghardt. The mayors Petra Bockstegers (Alps), Edgar Giesen (Menzelen) and Dr. Michael van Beek (Veen) are also members of the Council and therefore already a member of the parliamentary group.
Sascha Buchholz: “The special time in which we live will hold special challenges in store for us. What I said about the election applies more than ever: together we have to preserve the good and master the difficult. And we will too. “