Nachman Shai
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MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union) intends to join the race for mayor of Jerusalem, Hadashot TV reported on Monday.

According to the report, Shai intends to move to the Israeli capital.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat recently announced he would not seek reelection in October, and that he would instead submit his candidacy for the Likud list for the Knesset elections in 2019.

Since he made that announcement, several names have come up as possible candidates for the position, including coalition chairman MK David Amsalem and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin.

Jerusalem Councilor Moshe Lion, who ran for mayor in the previous elections against Barkat, has already announced he intends to run again in the upcoming elections.

In the last elections in November 2013, Barkat defeated Lion by a narrow margin, having received 51 percent of the votes, compared with Lion's 45 percent.

Shai served in a variety of media-related positions, including the IDF Spokesperson and the commander of Army Radio, and also served as the director general of the Second Authority, chairman of the Channel 2 News company and chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

He previously served as an MK with Kadima and later joined the Labor party.

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