Politics in the province of Utrecht has been dominated by the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) since the national elections in 2012. However, the outcome of yesterdays municipal elections are showing a different trend in Dutch political preferences.
The Democrats 66 (D66) endeavored far beyond the competition after a successful campaign. Their party got the majority of the votes in the regions of Utrecht, Amersfoort, Soest, Houten and Stichtse Vecht. Local and Christian party members were elected for the remaining regions in Utrecht.
The CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal) came out as most popular party in the regions of Lopik and Vianen however were less outstanding in de Ronde Venen.The VVD remained strong in the region of Nieuwegein followed by the SP (Social Party), who have also made substantial gains nationwide compared to the 2012 national elections.
The Labour Party (PvdA) were most popular in Soest but lost a large fraction of seats due to their negative image in the media days prior to the elections.
In a nutshell, D66 and SP, both gainers in the province in Utrecht and nationwide each jumping to 13 and 4 seats in the town council respectively. Other young regional parties that booked success included the Party for Animals (1 seat), Student & Starter (1 seat) and Stadsbelang Utrecht (2 seats).