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  חשון 4, 5774 , 08/10/13

Viral Video Star Brings Youth to Beit Shemesh Election

Yosef Condiotti wants to make sure Beit Shemesh is a young and vibrant city with a responsible budget. He is running for city council with the new Kol Shahar party.

Condiotti made headlines last year as the star dancer in a viral video called "Jerusalem Syndrome Gangnam Style" which was produced by Hebrew University and the Ruach Hadasha organization. It shot up to over 130,000 views within weeks of being made posted online.

Condiotti told Arutz Sheva news "I was willing to embarrass myself for the cause." Now that he has graduated Hebrew University after studying government and public planning, he has returned to his hometown of Beit Shemesh to put his education good use.

"Many members on city council have been there for almost 20 years. And that's OK, but we need a young mentality to move things along," he stated. "If a city council member expands the budget we need to know where the money is coming from. We need more transparency and we need more avenues of revenue besides raising taxes, such as public events."

Condiotti's party also have a unique rotation system which he says will ensure members are accountable to their voters. Although he is in the number one slot on the list, he will be replaced after two and a half years to minimize burn-out. Forums will vote out any party member who votes against the will of the constituency and replace him or her with an alternative party member in the rotation.

Kol Shahar also boasts a 21-year-old candidate whom Condiotti says is the youngest person in Israel running for city council elections.

Elections in most major cities and towns will take place on October 22nd for mayor and city council.

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