Berlin / Potsdam (AP) - Klara Geywitz is considered a designated strategist. Not for nothing did the Potsdam SPD politician belong to the big round of negotiations, which last year negotiated the coalition agreement between the CDU, the CSU and the SPD.
With Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz she not only connects the place of residence Potsdam - they also know each other from the SPD party executive committee, to which Geywitz belongs since 2017 as an assessor. The 43-year-old is well networked with other national associations within the SPD - and she knows what she wants.
In the now expiring legislative period Geywitz was chairman of the important Landtag indoor committee, in the SPD group spokeswoman for media policy and religion. In her speeches in the state parliament, she proves quite ironic humor: "There should be about as many burka-carriers in Brandenburg as illegally immigrated moose from Poland," she said in 2016 in a debate on a burqa ban.
It is regarded as the new hope of the Brandenburg SPD. The graduate political scientist has been a member of the SPD since 1994; from 2008 to 2013 she was deputy state chairman in Brandenburg, and from 2013 to 2017 Secretary General. However, she resigned from this position in 2017, after Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) had canceled the county reform she had advocated without consulting her. His plan to relocate the Ministry of Science to Cottbus for structural reasons was at least skeptical in May this year.
Geywitz is considered ruthlessly honest, but also capable of conflict. She solves problems in the background. She describes herself as "really nice" as a co-worker of Steffen Reiche, one of the founders of the SPD in Brandenburg. The pastor also baptized her three children and is the godfather of the youngest son.
Currently, Geywitz can often be seen with a red cargo bike in Potsdam - and sometimes mixes cocktails on the street: she is campaigning, wants to be elected again on 1 September in the Brandenburg state parliament. Since 2004, she has won her Constituency Potsdam directly three times - but this year could be because of the strong Greens but close.