Saaremaa to elect new municipality mayor on Thursday ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A new mayor for Saaremaa municipality will be elected on Thursday. Mikk Tuisk has been nominated by the Social Democrats (SDE) and has the support of the council.

Tuisk, 35, has been the head of municipality's administrative and economic department since 2018. He is not a member of the SDE or of any party and told radio show "Vikerhommik" on Monday he does not have any plans to join one in the future.

Last week, he received joint support from both the Center and Reform parties at a coalition council meeting.

Tuisk said the biggest challenge going forward will be the budget. He also hopes domestic tourism will help Saaremaa through the crisis.

Speaking about future plans to build a bridge which would connect Saaremaa and the mainland he said the bridge is not needed. However, he acknowledged it is a difficult subject and he could understand the point of view of entrepreneurs who believe it would be beneficial.

"But emotionally, it's a difficult topic for everyone," he said, adding younger people tend to support the construction of the bridge while older people do not.

The council will meet on May 28 to elect the municipality mayor.

Tuisk will replace Madis Kallas, who recently stepped down after taking responsibility for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on the island.

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