|Deputy Leaders||Radim Sr?e?|
|Chamber of Deputies Leader||Jan Farský|
|Senate Leader||Jan Horník|
|Youth wing||Young Mayors and Independents|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Colours||Sky blue, yellow, Atlantis green, red, white, gray|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Governors of the regions|
The Mayors and Independents (Czech: Starostové a nezávislí), abbreviated to STAN, is a political party in the Czech Republic. The Mayors and Independents focus on localism and promoting powers for municipalities. The party grew out of four minor parties, including Independent Mayors for the Region, which allied itself with the liberal-conservative SNK European Democrats, and cooperated with the similarly liberal-conservative TOP 09 until 2016.
In the 2013 election to the Chamber of Deputies, STAN won five seats on the TOP 09 list: Jan Farský, Stanislav Pol?ák, V?ra Ková?ová, Franti?ek Vácha and acting leader Petr Gazdík. In the Czech Senate, STAN has four members. The party competes separately in local government elections. In the 2010 local elections, the party won 1,243 councillors, making it the sixth-largest party on local councils.
STAN grew out of NSK (Nezávislí starostové pro kraj; Independent Mayors for Region) founded in 2004 and transformed in 2009. Led by its first Leader Petr Gazdík and Deputy Leader Stanislav Pol?ák elected in 2009, STAN started co-operating with the liberal-conservative TOP 09 at all political levels; with Petr Gazdík leading the TOP 09 and STAN parliamentary group. In 2013, the said co-operation was de facto curtailed to the parliamentary level, i.e. was continued only in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. In 3/2014, Petr Gazdík was succeeded in the STAN leadership by Martin P?ta (Governor, Liberecký Region); and became the First Deputy Leader deputised by Stanislav Pol?ák. Sharing common candidates standing in the 2014 European Parliament election, STAN and TOP 09 polled 15.95% of the votes and gained four seats with one being taken by STAN Deputy Leader Stanislav Pol?ák. In 2016, Martin P?ta was succeeded by Petr Gazdík leading STAN into the regional and Senate elections.
The party's top priorities include: good stewardship, high-quality education, environmental care and heritage protection - investing in education is key to the future prosperity that, however, must be built on the principles of good stewardship (management of public funds, use of energy resources and prudential landscape interventions). In promoting the principle of subsidiarity, STAN encourages localism, decentralisation, reduced bureaucracy and corruption clampdown. STAN further promotes: European integration, high-quality education, investments in science, state economy driven by the principles of a free market with the social aspect and sanctity of private property in mind, and environment protection.
|2010||Ran on TOP 09 list||6th||Yes (TOP 09)|
|2013||Ran on TOP 09 list||8th||No|
|Election||First round||Second round||Seats won||Seats overall||+/-|
1 By-election in Zlín district.
2 By-election in Trutnov district.
3 By-election in Prague-9 district.
|Indirect Election||Candidate||First round result||Second round result||Third round result|
|Direct Election||Candidate||First round result||Second round result|
|2014||Ran on TOP 09 ticket||8th|
|2019||Ran on TOP 09 ticket||7th|
1 Does not include coalitions