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In Wealthy City, a Marxist Mayor Wins Over Voters

By Denise Hruby

13 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times tells the surprising story of how a communist mayor won over voters in the wealthy and conservative Austrian city of Graz.

GRAZ, Austria — That the conservative mayor would win yet again, and serve a fifth term, had been treated as a foregone conclusion in Graz, Austria’s second-largest city, a place where it’s not uncommon to encounter local residents proudly dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.

Elke Kahr, leader of the city’s Communist Party, was equally convinced she would lose again to the slick heir to a trading dynasty who had led the city for 18 years.

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