The "Stadtrat", the local executive council, has 7 members, elected by the citizens of Winterthur every four years. In the 2010-2014 Stadtrat, there are three Social Democratic Party (SP) members, two from the FDP, and one each from the Greens and the EVP. A coalition of SP and Greens has the majority in this session.
The legislative, "Grosser Gemeinderat" (large community council), has sixty members. In the 2010 elections, eleven parties made it into the council, with the SP (16 seats) and SVP (13 seats) forming the two largest groups.
In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 27.7% of the vote. The next two most popular parties were the SP (23.2%) and the Green Party (14.4%).
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