Reform Party Names Randpere as Candidate for Mayor of Tallinn ({{commentsTotal}})

Valdo Randpere
Valdo Randpere Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

MP Valdo Randpere has been picked by the Reform Party's Tallinn branch to run against Edgar Savisaar in the race for Tallinn mayor.

Reform's platform will focus on the topics of public transport, including the Ülemiste hub, building large intersections, investing into kindergartens and increasing childbirth benefits, the party said in a press release on Saturday.

"Tallinn needs a leap in the quality of public transport. The current problem is that the various types of internal public transport in the city (trams, buses and trolley buses) and external transport (buses, trains and the airport) don't all flow into one hub,“ he said.

Randpere said he will, if elected to lead the city, increase aid for kindergartens from 106 to 130 euros per child per month and pay 650 euros to the parents of each child born, more than double the current benefit.

Randpere will run in the Lasnamäe district, where his Center Party opponent will be Edgar Savisaar, the current mayor.

Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, who was the Reform Party's other potential contender for the mayoral candidate spot, will lead the party in the North-Tallinn district.

Political scientist Tõnis Saarts told ETV on Saturday that the Reform Party, like other opposition parties in the Tallinn City Council, have nominated second-string politicians as they do not believe they can win.

Andres Anvelt will run for the position for the Social Democrats, while IRL has named Eerik-Niiles Kross as its contender.