Huldai bests Horowitz in TA mayoral race

Tel Aviv awoke Tuesday to another five years of Mayor Ron Huldai, who has steered the municipality for the past 15 years.

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October 23, 2013 22:52
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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai hounded by protesters

Huldai 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

 
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Tel Aviv awoke Tuesday to another five years of Mayor Ron Huldai, who has steered the municipality for the past 15 years and fought off the challenge of Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz.

Huldai, who garnered 57.6 percent of the vote to Horowitz’s 41.4%, said the votes indicated that his leadership was on the right path in Tel Aviv, and vowed to serve all residents of the city, including those who didn’t vote for him.

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Horowitz responded to the loss with an upbeat tone, saying that the campaign had been victorious in getting some 40% of the mayoral votes and that the party’s list had doubled its size in the city council.

“These results show how the wind’s blowing – a giant portion of the public in this important and central city expressed their clear and strong desire for change – and Huldai can’t ignore this,” he said.

Tel Aviv was among the more apathetic cities, with only about a third of the eligible public turning out to vote. Some commentators linked the turnout in part to the inability of Horowitz or other candidates to make the race closer against Huldai.

The morning was particularly cruel for City For All candidate Aharon Maduel, who was listed as winning as little as 1% of the vote – a staggering drop from the 2008 elections, when the party won 34% of the votes with Hadash MK Dov Henin at the helm.

Elsewhere in the Tel Aviv region, Ron Konik from the Our Givatayim list narrowly defeated incumbent Givatayim mayor Reuven Ben-Shahar, and in Ramat Gan, former Likud MK Carmel Shama Hacohen lost by a wide margin to longtime educator and local activist Yisrael Zinger, with 37.2% of the vote versus 52.4%.

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Also in the Center, in the first municipal elections the city has held in a decade, Lod voters overwhelmingly favored Yair Revivo (63.7%) over former Labor MK Yoram Marciano, who garnered 36.3% of the vote. Overshadowing the race – which was one of the most bitter in the city – was the wounding of city council candidate Abed Azbarga in a shooting the night before elections, an incident widely believed to be linked to the next day’s vote.

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