Aldo Kropf to replace Hurni as Gemeinde president
So the results of this year's Gemeinde elections are in. And the new Gemeinde president, as voted by 46% of eligible voters, is Aldo Kropf. Yes, that's the Gstaad pharmacy Aldo Kropf who actually moved here from Basel 17 years ago - and yes Saaners have elected themselves a relative 'foreigner'! He prevailed in a closely fought contest against local Brigitte Zahnd, winning 940 votes to Zahnd's 843. Overall the whole election was dominated by the FDP, and even SVP candidate Marcel Bach's run for office did not amount to anything (as predicted by GstaadLife.com readers here). Niklaus Würsten, Verena Müllener, Gottfried von Siebenthal, Walter Matti as well as Hans Schwenter were all elected into the business audit commission. At 46% voter participation was slightly higher than four years ago. Click here for the complete results.
Above: the new Saanen Gemeinde council (left to right): Christian Gafner, Arthur Reuteler, Albert Bach, Emil Trachsel, Aldo Kropf, Toni von Grünigen, Christa Kunz, Hans Schär and Heinz Brand. Aldo Kropf will take over as the new Gemeinde president at the beginning of 2009.