Pierre-Yves Maillard is a candidate for the Council of States in 2023

The Vaud national councilor Pierre-Yves Maillard wishes to run for a seat on the Council of States in the federal elections of 2023. Another Vaud socialist has already expressed his interest in the function, the national councilor Roger Nordmann.

“The last cantonal elections make us take the measure of the difficulty of majority elections. Among our federal elected officials, I am the only one to have experienced it at the cantonal level, so I make myself available, it is a duty”, explains Pierre-Yves Maillard in an interview published on Saturday in 24 hours.

According to the statutes of the Vaudois PS, the group leader in the Federal Chambers Roger Nordmann can no longer extend his mandate in the National Council. Asked if by running as a candidate he probably signs the end of the latter’s political career, Pierre-Yves Maillard replies that it is obviously a situation he regrets but which is not his doing.

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“The Vaud right has learned to unite”

And to add: “the issues to come are collective and it is up to the party to make a choice”. “We must progress at the Council of States”, he insists, stressing that if the left had the same strength there as at the National, “we would have obtained 15 billion from the BNS for the AVS, twice what ‘we want to take the next ten years away from women with the increase in the retirement age’.

The former State Councilor believes that the fight will be difficult because “the Vaudois right has learned to unite and in a majority vote, the majority can win everything if it is united”.

The Vaudois PS will decide between its two tenors at its congress on June 25. The canton of Vaud is currently represented in the Council of States by the Verte Adèle Thorens and the PLR ​​Olivier Français.

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