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İsmail Ok (MHP)
Province assembly, 2009
The town’s mayor, İsmail Ok, is a chemistry teacher who rose through the ranks of provincial educational boards before standing for office as the MHP candidate in 2009. He defeated the AK Party incumbent Sabri Uğur, ending 15 years of rule by centre-right parties and becoming Balıkesir’s first nationalist mayor in living memory. His victory was one of many that made 2009 an MHP success story.
Mr Ok is now running for re-election, but polling suggests he has a fight on his hands. An ORC survey in the town at the beginning of October put the MHP on 30.9% behind 33.1% for the AK Party, who haven’t even announced a candidate yet. It is possible that Sabri Uğur could run again: in a column he wrote for the local press at the beginning of August, he apologised to “anyone hurt or wronged” by his term in office and hinted at seeking his old job back. Even the CHP could be in with a shout here: ORC polled them at 22.5%.
The MHP need to hold on to Balıkesir to demonstrate theirs is a party that commands local support even though the national party risks being elbowed out by AK.