One weekend, two festivals, three Mayors

There have been some high-level changes recently at Oberursel’s twin towns.

In May, Councillor Sophia Choudhary was nominated to be the new Mayor of Rushmoor.  There the position, which is largely a representative role, is not elected directly but instead by the town council.  Not only is Councillor Choudhary the youngest Mayor the borough has ever seen, she is also the first female muslim Mayor that they have had.  She uses the title “Mayor”, and not “Mayoress”, joking that the latter is used by her sister Attika, who accompanies her on official engagements.  Originally elected to represent the Conservatives in Rowhill ward, she is keen to point out that role of Mayor is independent and not aligned to a political party.  Her father, Charles Choudhary, was himself the Mayor of Rushmoor 16 years ago and as such he visited Oberursel during his time in office.

Paul Shackley is the new Chief Executive in Rushmoor and Andrew Lloyd’s successor – someone whose name is well known in Oberursel.  He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the town hall and services in the borough.

Alexander Korneev is the new elected chairman of the municipal council in Lomonossow in Russia.  All three visited Oberursel last weekend, in Alexander Korneev’s case it was as part of a twinning trip with 25 people from the town.  They visited the wine festival on Friday evening and were shown around the Feyerey on Saturday personally by Oberursel’s Mayor, Hans-Georg Brum.

The citizens of Rushmoor were kept up-to-date about the visit by the official Mayor’s Twitter account: @mayorofrushmoor.

Paul Shackley, Sophia Choudhary, Alexander Korneev, Hans-Georg Brum
Paul Shackley, Sophia Choudhary, Alexander Korneev and  Hans-Georg Brum visiting the Feyerey on Saturday, 5th August, 2017.

This article appeared in German in the Oberurseler Woche on Thursday, 10th August, 2017.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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