Mayoral doings

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October 8, 2017 16:40

The tremendous advances made by Beersheba over the past 25 years has largely been the realization of Ben-Gurion’s dream to see the desert bloom.

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Beersheba. (photo credit:BEERSHEBA MUNICIPALITY)

■ ISRAELI POLITICIANS are known for wanting to stick to their seats. Among the exceptions to the rule is Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam, who says that every successful mayor should step down after completing his second term.

Glam has announced his intention to run for a second term, which is hardly surprising considering that he’s been in office only since April of this year, following the indictment in February of his predecessor, Itamar Shimoni, on charges of corruption that included bribery, money laundering and the payment of hush money to cover up sex crimes that he allegedly committed. Glam’s title is actually that of acting mayor, but to all intents and purposes he is the mayor. Shimoni had a relatively short run as mayor. Prior to the 2013 election, in which he defeated incumbent mayor Benny Vaknin, who had served four terms, he was CEO of Atarim, creative manager of Teva and CEO of Dasco.

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