100-year-old woman seeks a public voice via her election campaign

In the town of Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, an unusual candidate is standing for election in the local council. Lisel Heise is a centenarian who hopes her age will be an advantage for her.

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As an older woman, Heise felt that her opinions were not being heard, so she decided it was time to voice them in an even more public manner. Heise is both a grandmother and a great-grandmother and hopes to “finally do something for young people” through her campaign for election in the local council.

In addition, she is a vocal advocate for reopening the town’s outdoor swimming pool and it has become a key aspect of her campaigning efforts. She hopes that reaching a three-digit age will give her the status that allows for her voice to be heard.

“The microphone was often turned off when I started to speak about the swimming pool, and then of course you stop, there’s no point. But now that I’m 100, I’m in a different position. Now I have the chance to open my mouth and say something.”

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  • The election will be held on May 26.
  • Kirchheimbolanden is home to 8,000 residents.
  • Heise will run as a candidate for “Wir für Kibo” a party that runs on a platform of sustainable development and greater civic engagement.
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