Mayors and Independents

Mayors and Independents
Starostové a nezávislí
Leader Vít Rakušan
Deputy Leaders Jan Farský
Věra Kovářová
Petr Gazdík
Věslav Michalik
Stanislav Polčák
Chamber of Deputies Leader Jan Farský
Senate Leader Petr Holeček
Founded 2004
Newspaper STANoviny
Think tank Institute of Modern Politics iSTAR
Youth wing Young Mayors and Independents
Membership (2019) 160[1]
Ideology Localism[2]
Liberalism[3]
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre[4] to centre-right[5]
National affiliation Pirates and Mayors
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours Sky blue, yellow, Atlantis green, red, white, gray
Chamber of Deputies
33 / 200
Senate
19 / 81
European Parliament
1 / 21
Regional councils
91 / 675
Regional governors
4 / 13
Local councils
3,073 / 62,300
Website
www.starostove-nezavisli.cz

The Mayors and Independents (Czech: Starostové a nezávislí), abbreviated to STAN, is a liberal political party in the Czech Republic that is focused on localism[2] and subsidiarity. The party grew out of four minor parties, including Independent Mayors for the Region,[6] which allied itself with the liberal-conservative SNK European Democrats, and cooperated with the similarly liberal-conservative TOP 09 until 2016.

In the 2013 election to the Chamber of Deputies, STAN won five seats on the TOP 09 list: Jan Farský, Stanislav Polčák, Věra Kovářová, František Vácha and acting leader Petr Gazdík. In the Czech Senate, STAN has four members. The party competes separately in local government elections. In the 2010 local elections, the party won 1,243 councillors, making it the sixth-largest party on local councils.[7] In the 2017 election to the Chamber of Deputies, STAN won six seats: Petr Gazdík, Jan Farský, Věra Kovářová, Vít Rakušan, Martin Půta (who was replaced by Petr Pavek) and Jana Krutáková.

The party is contesting the 2021 Czech parliamentary election as part of the coalition Pirates and Mayors with the Czech Pirate Party.

History

STAN grew out of NSK (Nezávislí starostové pro kraj, Independent Mayors for the Region), founded in 2004 and transformed in 2009. Led by its first Leader Petr Gazdík and Deputy Leader Stanislav Polčák elected in 2009, STAN started co-operating with the liberal-conservative TOP 09 at all political levels; with Petr Gazdík leading the TOP 09 and STAN parliamentary group. In 2013, the said co-operation was de facto curtailed to the parliamentary level, i.e. was continued only in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. In 3/2014, Petr Gazdík was succeeded in the STAN leadership by Martin Půta (Governor, Liberecký Region); and became the First Deputy Leader deputised by Stanislav Polčák. Sharing common candidates standing in the 2014 European Parliament election, STAN and TOP 09 polled 15.95% of the votes and gained four seats with one being taken by STAN Deputy Leader Stanislav Polčák. In 2016, Martin Půta was succeeded by Petr Gazdík leading STAN into the regional and Senate elections. In 2019 Vít Rakušan was elected as a new leader. In 2020 STAN won the Senate elections (with 11 seats of 27 contested).

Manifesto

The party's top priorities include: good stewardship, high-quality education, environmental care and heritage protection – investing in education is key to the future prosperity that, however, must be built on the principles of good stewardship (management of public funds, use of energy resources and prudential landscape interventions). In promoting the principle of subsidiarity, STAN encourages localism, decentralisation, reduced bureaucracy and corruption clampdown. STAN further promotes: European integration, high-quality education, investments in science, state economy driven by the principles of a free market with the social aspect and sanctity of private property in mind, and environment protection.

Election results

Leader of the movement Vít Rakušan

Chamber of Deputies

Year Vote Vote % Seats ± Place Position
2010 873,833 16.70
5 / 200
New 6th Coalition
Ran on TOP 09 list, which won 41 seats in total
2013 596,357 12.00
4 / 200
Decrease 1 8th Opposition
Ran on TOP 09 list, which won 26 seats in total
2017 262,157 5.2
6 / 200
Increase 2 9th Opposition
2021 839,448 15.61
33 / 200
Increase 27 3rd TBA
Part of Pirates and Mayors coalition, which won 37 seats in total
Billboard in Prague

Senate

Election First round Second round Seats won Seats overall +/-
Votes % Places Votes % Places
2012 4,460 0.5 25th -
0 / 27
0 / 81
Steady0
20141 1,613 7.0 7th -
0 / 27
0 / 81
Steady0
2014 15,576 1.5 9th 11,099 2.3 9th
2 / 27
2 / 81
Increase2
2016 43,234 4.9 7th 25,389 6.0 6th
3 / 27
5 / 81
Increase3
20182 7,615 33.5 1st 30,331 67.11 1st
1 / 1
6 / 81
Increase1
2018 76,817 7.05 7th 47,317 11.31 3rd
5 / 27
11 / 81
Increase5
20193 4,514 23.53 2nd 7,070 59.50 1st
1 / 1
12 / 81
Increase1
2020 122,948 12.3 2nd 104,538 23.1 1st
11 / 27
19 / 81
Increase7
Leading the movement

1 By-election in Zlín district.
2 By-election in Trutnov district.
3 By-election in Prague-9 district.

Presidential election

Indirect Election Candidate First round result Second round result Third round result
Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result
2008 Jan Švejnar 128 49.10 Runner-up 141 47.19 Runner-up 111 44.05 Lost
Direct Election Candidate First round result Second round result
Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result
2013 Karel Schwarzenberg 1,204,195 23.40 Runner-up 2,241,171 45.20 Lost
2018 Jiří Drahoš 1,369,601 26.60 Runner-up 2,701,206 48.63 Lost

European Parliament

Year Vote Vote % Seats Place
2009 53,984 2.3
0 / 22
8th
2014 Coalition with TOP 09
1 / 21
8th
2019 Coalition with TOP 09
1 / 21
7th

Regional election

Year Vote1 Vote %1 Seats +/- Place
2004 ran only in coalitions
1 / 675
10th
2008 53,462 1.83
14 / 675
13 Increase 5th
2012 28,763 1.09
38 / 675
24 Increase 5th
2016 101,696 4.02
56 / 675
18 Increase 6th
2020 167,459 6.04
91 / 675
35 Increase 4th

1 Does not include coalitions

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Lidovcům, ČSSD i KSČM mizí členové po tisících". Novinky.cz. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Czechia". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  3. ^ "STAN zakládá vlastní think-tank! – Institut moderní politiky iSTAR".
  4. ^ "TABLE-Czech billionaire's ANO party wins big in election". Reuters. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Difficult Coalition Negotiations Following ANO Landslide". BMI Research. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ Peters, Ingo; Bakke, Elisabeth, eds. (2011). 20 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Transitions, State Break-Up and Democratic Politics in Central Europe and Germany. p. 241. ISBN 9783830527022.
  7. ^ "Volby Do Obecních zastupitelstev ČR 2010". Retrieved 24 October 2010.

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