Leading Haifa candidate cleared to run

Dr. Einat Kalisch Rotem will be allowed to run in the October 30 race for Haifa’s mayor, overturning a district court decision disqualifying her candidacy.

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October 22, 2018 22:48
Downtown Haifa

Downtown Haifa. (photo credit: ZVI ROGER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

 
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The Supreme Court decided on Monday to allow Labor Party candidate Dr. Einat Kalisch Rotem to run in the October 30 race for Haifa’s mayor, overturning a district court decision disqualifying her candidacy.

The district court had said she could not run because her attorney and the Labor Party had submitted both her candidacy and that of another candidate, Yisrael Savyon. Kalisch Rotem is considered a serious challenger to incumbent Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav.

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“I am happy about the decision, because Haifa needs a major change for the residents, and Einat is the best person, with the best plan to do it,” Labor leader Avi Gabbay said.

Kalisch Rotem has a doctorate in architecture and urban planning and teaches at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s graduate school.

There are four other candidates for mayor against Yahav, who has been mayor since 2003. If no candidate wins 40% of the vote, there will be a run-off race on November 13.

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