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US based entrepreneur Stefanos Kasselakis joins the race for SYRIZA’s leadership

Stefanos Kasselakis
It's official. Stefanos Kasselakis, a Greek self-made ship investor who lives and works in the US, declared his intention today, Tuesday, to run for the leadership of left Greek party SYRIZA, becoming the fifth candidate to enter the race.
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The 35-year-old submitted his candidacy in a letter to the Prefectural Committee of Hania on Monday.
Stefanos Kasselakis, who currently lives and works in the United States, although born in Greece, Attica, was a candidate for SYRIZA in the party’s state-wide list in the general elections of 2023. According to his CV, he also worked as a volunteer on the staff of then-Senator Joe Biden in the 2008 Presidential Election.
The fresh-faced candidate is positioning himself as a self-made man who supports social equality, the separation of church and state and the abolition of compulsory army service.
“I am aware that I have no political party experience. My experience is in work and social life.The candidacy I am now putting forward shows another path: From society [and] for society. Several generations have been lost. The time has come to build the Greek Dream that we so desperately need,” he said in a post on social media.
According to his office, he will begin his campaigning in Hania, his city of origin in western Crete. On Tuesday evening, Kasselakis will meet and chat with SYRIZA members and friends at the park of the Venizelos Tombs and later on he will speak live on a television newscast.
He will be the fifth person to submit a candidacy for the leadership of SYRIZA, joining Efi Achtsioglou, Euclid Tsakalotos, Nikos Pappas, and Stefanos Tzoumakas in the party race. The party members will elect their new leader on September 10 and, if necessary, on a second round on September 16.