Nancy Faeser declares her willingness to campaign for the SPD in the Hessian state election campaign. But she wants to keep her position as Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser wants to become Prime Minister of Hesse. She is ready for the election campaign as the SPD’s top candidate, she told the “Spiegel”. However, she wants to keep her position as interior minister in the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz. She also informed the ministry staff of her decision in a letter. Faeser wrote in it that she wanted to be the first woman prime minister in Hesse. A new state parliament will be elected in Hesse on October 8th.

There had already been speculation in the past few days about a possible candidacy for Faeser. Not only the Union, but also the coalition partner FDP warned that in times of crisis with a war in Europe, large refugee movements and a continuing high terrorist threat, one cannot lead the Federal Ministry of the Interior and campaign in Hesse at the same time with the necessary commitment.

In Hesse, the Social Democrats have been in opposition since 1999. The Christian Democrats are entering the race with the incumbent Prime Minister, Boris Rhein. Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir is running for the Greens, which have been part of the government since 2014. Tomorrow, Friday, Faeser will be in Friedewald at the SPD’s Hesse summit.