Connector, structured, solution-oriented, hands-on mentality
In the summer of 2019 I celebrated my jubilee of living in Maastricht, the city I lost my heart to 10 years earlier. It is and remains a beautiful lively city to live in, an international and historic gem with the beautiful Limburg hills a stone’s throw away. Nevertheless, I believe that there is still a lot of room for improvement, and that starts with the people of Maastricht in cooperation with local politics. Although few are interested in politics, it is precisely municipal decisions that directly affect us. This realization first came to me from seeing the poor cycling infrastructure and lack of affordable housing for young professionals. But also poverty, the establishment of Loods5, youth care and the A2 tunnel are things that we all notice and that the municipality is working on. That’s why it’s important for residents to make themselves heard, especially after the elections. All parties should listen and enter into a constructive, meaningful cooperation in order to make the wishes of the Maastricht people a reality. At M:OED we want to change politics this way and truly give all residents a voice, and I want to work towards that as well. Idealistic? Undoubtedly, but I believe that it can become a reality. The diversity of our members and their enthusiasm, ambitions and firm belief in this ideal is extraordinarily encouraging and inspiring. Let us together, citizens and politicians, make our city an even more beautiful and future-proof Maastricht, so that it can steal even more hearts, just like it did mine.