Tommy Owner Tomislav Mamic Enters Race for New Split Mayor

Lauren Simmonds

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Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Tomislav Mamic could well become the next mayor of Croatia’s second largest city. His company, Tommy, is by far the largest employer in Dalmatia, and this information was confirmed to Slobodna Dalmacija first hand.

Does this mean that the strongest Dalmatian entrepreneur is swiching the life of business for a life of politics? Many will surely be asking that question. Tomislav Mamic himself categorically rejected this at the beginning and especially emphasised: “I’m not a politician, nor do I want to be involved in politics.”

Then, what is this move Tomislav Mamic is making really all about?

”It’s about the fact that many of my fellow citizens and acquaintances have been persuading me for some time now to become more actively involved in the campaign for the election of mayors and future members of the City Council because they believe they can make a step forward and bring positive changes. I thought about that for a long time and finally decided to activate myself and try to do something in that sense,” said the future independent candidate.

”There’s an idea to form an independent list on which the most prominent citizens of the City of Split from all spheres of social life would appear. We should just get together, I don’t have ready-made names. This isn’t about entering the political struggle and trying to come to power at any cost, but about the intention of the citizens to get their representatives who enjoy their deep trust and support into power,” he explained, adding that he personally doesn’ want ”any power or influence, especially not for personal benefit”.

Tomislav Mamic is otherwise a man who employs almost 5,000 people with more than three billion kuna in annual income, with constant profit growth. He entered that ”world” owing to a combination of life circumstances, back in 1992 he started the now very well known “Tommy”. In 2000, he bought ”Kike” stores from his brother and incorporated them into his large chain, which is now positioned among the top 10 Croatian companies.

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