Runoff Election Called in Ramat Hasharon

Special election called to replace Mayor Yitzhak Rochberger, who was convicted of fraud and breach of trust with moral turpitude.

Ofer Vaknin

A runoff mayoral election has been called for Ramat Hasharon, after the special election on Tuesday failed to yield a clear winner.

The special election was called to find a replacement for the city’s former Mayor Yitzhak Rochberger, who was convicted of fraud and breach of trust with moral turpitude.

The candidates for the second round, to be held on Tuesday January 26, will be councillor Avi Gruber, who won 35.6 percent of the votes, and Deputy Mayor Yaakov Koretzky, who won 23.2 percent of the votes.

Acting Mayor Shira Avin received 21.5 percent, followed by councilor Dovrat Weizer with 19.7 percent. The voter turnout was relatively high – some 50 percent out of 37,000 eligible voters.