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From the West Side to the Middle East

By Erin Sullivan | Posted 7/21/2004

On City Council candidate Eliot Cahan’s Web site,, the Republican (and only) challenger to the self-proclaimed “dean” of the City Council, Rikki Spector (D-5th), tells supporters that “Cahan Can.” He can, he says, make streets safe, promote jobs and economic development for Baltimore, and restore ethics to the council.

But he can’t do it from Israel, which is where Cahan has decided to move in September. Ever since January 2003, Cahan has kept a running Web log of his criticisms of city government, hopes for the future of the 5th District, and thoughts on Israel, taxes, presidential candidates, and current events. On July 8, he posted on his blog that he and his family vacationed in Israel in mid-May, and after they came home decided to move there permanently—a plan, he writes, that was a “shared dream of ours for many years.”

Cahan says that though his formal campaign will end, his name will remain on the ballot, which his blog notes will “send a message to the leadership of this city that we want and need different leadership.”

Leadership willing to stick around Baltimore a little longer, that is.

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