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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) is expected to officially launch his campaign for
mayor of Tel Aviv on Monday.
Horowitz plans to hold a press conference in
which he will announce whether or not he has decided to run, but he already has
a working campaign staff.
On Sunday afternoon, Meretz unanimously
approved Horowitz as the party’s candidate for mayor.
A member of the
campaign revealed that in March, Meretz put out a poll showing that if Horowitz
ran for mayor at that time, he would get 33 percent of the vote. Half of Tel
Aviv would vote for Ron Huldai, the incumbent, who has served in the position
since 1998, and the rest were undecided.
The poll also checked several
other politicians’ chances in a Tel Aviv mayoral run – MK Dov Henin (Hadash),
who ran in 2008, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Communications Minister
Gilad Erdan, both from the Likud – and found that Horowitz would receive the
The campaign member expressed optimism about Horowitz’s
chances, pointing out that Henin got 34.2% of the vote in 2008 and that the
Meretz MK came close to those numbers before he even started
Last week, Henin decided that he would not run for mayor of
In an open letter on Facebook to members of the City4All local
Tel Aviv party, Henin commended them for five years of activism, during which
they made changes in the city.
“Leaders and leadership flourished in
City4All – city council members, activists and community
City4All, the [summer 2011] social protest and public
activity; additional forces developed,” he wrote.
“I reached the
conclusion that the right thing to do at the moment is to step aside, focus on
the complex challenges in the parliamentary arena and let those new forces lead
the municipal battle. Therefore, I decided not to submit my candidacy again for
mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa,” he continued.
Still, Henin added that Tel Aviv
is important to him and he plans to continue to be involved in City4All’s