Upcoming Beit Shemesh Mayoral Race Is Last Chance in 'War' Over City's Future

Non-ultra-Orthodox candidates hold primary vote via public survey to determine which candidate will face off against current Haredi Mayor Moshe Abutbul, of Shas.

The election campaign for Beit Shemesh's new mayor is in full swing, although the local elections arrive only in October. The city's streets and sidewalks are covered with campaign signposts and leaflets, touting Eli Cohen, Aliza Bloch and Meir Belaish for mayor.