Lapid’s Yesh Atid releases its candidate list for upcoming election
Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel
Yesh Atid announces its candidate list, returning many of its 26 sitting lawmakers, ministers and deputy ministers to realistic spots in a party currently polling around 23 seats.
Party newcomers in realistic positions are Michal Shir — who resigned her Knesset seat to leave New Hope and run with Yesh Atid — in the thirteenth spot, Matti Sarfatti Harcavi in the eighteenth, and lawyer Debbie Biton in the twenty-first spot.
In all, the list places nine women in realistic positions, one more than the party’s current eight women lawmakers and ministers.
Behind party leader Yair Lapid in the top spot are ministers Orna Barbivai, Meir Cohen, Karin Elharrar, Meirav Cohen, Yoel Razvozov, and Elazar Stern in the first seven seats.
Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy is in the eighth, followed by Public Security Committee head Merav Ben Ari, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chair Ram Ben Barak, Deputy Minister Yoav Segalovitz, coalition whip and faction director Boaz Toporovsky in the twelfth spot.
Further down the list is newcomer Mohammed “Shoko” Elhega, a Muslim activist who runs the party’s outreach to Arab voters.