Dagur B. Eggertsson, mayor of Reykjavík, has announced that he will run in the municipal elections this May. Dagur stated that he looked forward to a “short and spirited” race with his competitors, which will likely include Hildur Björnsdóttir of the Independence Party.
A municipal councillor for 20 years, Dagur has sat on Reykjavík City Council longer than any other current member. He has been mayor for eight of those years, and told Vísir he feels his work is still unfinished. He delayed announcing his candidacy for weeks, telling reporters that he was still considering whether to offer himself up for reelection. “I have always given myself time before each election to think over whether I should continue. Because I believe political participation to be a temporary project in essence,” he stated, adding that he would not have decided to run if he had not felt he had support or that there was a need for his experience and vision. “But I’m going to give it a shot.”
Dagur’s party, the Social-Democratic Alliance, governed this term in a coalition with the Pirate Party, Left-Green Movement, and the Reform Party. He says he would consider continued collaboration if the parties keep their majority in the upcoming election. “I think it could be a hard battle but I expect it to be short and spirited,” Dagur stated. “It’s been a short time since the parliamentary election and maybe we’ll see a municipal fight that will maybe be first and foremost after Easter and into the spring. But for me the election campaign is always fun and exciting.”
City Councillor for the Independence Party Hildur Björnsdóttir has announced she will run in the party’s primaries this spring. The party’s leader in Reykjavík, Eyþór Arnalds, previously announced his candidacy in the primaries as well but has since withdrawn it. If Hildur remains unchallenged, she is likely to become the Independence Party’s mayoral candidate and Dagur’s primary competitor in the upcoming race.