Reykjavík mayor will stand for re-election

11.01.2022 - 14:49
Mynd: Grímur Jón Sigurðsson / RÚV
Dagur B. Eggertsson, mayor of Reykjavík and leader of the local Samfylkingin (Social Democrats) in the city, has confirmed he will stand in local elections this May.

The mayor said last week, from COVID-19 quarantine at home, because one of his children was infected with the virus, that he was still considering his position and would announce his decision when released from quarantine after the weekend. 

He told RÚV radio yesterday morning that he would likely have come to a different decision last spring, when harsh criticism fuelled by advertisements funded by wealthy individuals and directed against him personally, were circulating, and his family car was damaged in a gun attack. 

Dagur said the shooting incident had a deeper effect on him than he would admit to begin with and that he and his wife had, for example, got used to going out walking in the evenings but stopped doing so and instead started taking all sorts of extra precautionary measures. 

He went on to say that a great number of exciting things are happening in the city and that he has heard from a lot of supportive people recently, encouraging him to stand again. 

He perhaps expected the support from those connected to his party, but reads more into the words of people on the fringes—and especially those completely unconnected to politics.  

The words of one middle-aged man particularly stand out, Dagur said. The man told him he can’t quit a job that is half finished. “Though I actually think I’m more than half done,” the mayor added with a chuckle. 

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