I’ve already introduced the two major candidates in Tel Aviv: Ron Huldai (the flag bearer of Capitalism) and Dov Khenin (the flag bearer of Socialism). However, there are 3 other candidates; one of them is Pe’er Visner, who had also made his bid for the mayor office last time around.
Here’s the transcript of the video translated to English:
“Hello, I’m Pe’er Visner, chairman of the Green party, and currently running for mayor.
What have we done in the past 5 years?
We managed to switch the polluting power station Ree’ding from running on fuel oil to use gas. We decreased the air pollution in Tel Aviv by 25%.
What shall we do in the next 5 years?
First of all, we’ll take care of the public transportation. A fleet of small and environmentally-friendly buses would make the whole city accessible. In the future, there will be an entrance toll private drivers would have to pay in order to enter Tel Aviv with their cars. This way we’ll reduce the pollution even further.
It’s possible to do it. Let’s do it. For us, and for future generations.”
The biggest critism against Visner is that he hasn’t done much in the city council during the past 5 years. On the other hand, Dov Khenin, who’s new to municipal politics, has already done much for environmental issues — on a national level — as a Knesset member.
Personally, after 10 years of Ron Huldai in office, I think it’s time to let someone else “do his thing”. My own choice is Dov Khenin. And although Huldai is ahead in polls, if he doesn’t reach the 40% mark (currently he’s on 41% in polls), there will be a second round of voting, in which he’d go head to head against Khenin.
In such a likely scenario, all bets are off.
But it all depends on voter turnout tomorrow.