Israel Municipal and Regional Election Results 2018
The first round of the municipal and regional elections were held in Israel on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018. Voting stations opened at 7:00am. A day off work (Shabbaton) for many, 55 percent of registered voters went to the polls and there were some surprising results. Candidates in some regions did not reach the required 40 percent threshold of votes and a second runoff round of elections was called. Amidst a day of chaos in Israel where rockets were being fired from Gaza into Israel, the runoff round took place on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
According to the Interior Ministry, on October 30, 2018, 3.6 million people voted out of 6.6 million eligible voters in 251 cities, towns, and local councils
First time ever. Ten women have been elected as heads of their municipalities or regional councils.
Results of the Jerusalem Elections
Nir Barkat is the outgoing mayor of Jerusalem. Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin was voted out in the first round! None of the candidates for Jerusalem mayor reached the 40 percent threshold necessary to win the first round. Jerusalem city councilmen Moshe Lion and Ofer Berkovitch went head to head in the run-off race after finishing first and second in the first round.
On November 13, 2018 Moshe Lion won the second round and is now Mayor of Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv Mayoral Election Results
Slam, dunk and another win for incumbent Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai who took the election with 45% of the vote. Asaf Zamir, who challenged Huldai for the mayoral position, won 35% of the vote and other candidates Natan Elnatan and Assaf Harel – received less than 14 percent of the vote. Huldai now begins his fifth term as the Mayor of Tel Aviv. He has been mayor since 1998.
New Haifa Mayor
Dr. Einat Kalisch Rotem takes the Mayoral Office away from Yona Yahav who has been in office for the last 15 years. Kalisch will be Haifa’s first woman mayor. Kalisch’s election represents the first time a woman mayor has been elected in one of Israel’s 3 major cities (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa) in the 70 years since the founding of the State.
Tzviaka Brot won the vote in the second round in Bat Yam.
Rishon Le’Zion Results
Neither Dov Tzur nor Raz Kinszltich reached the 40 percent threshold and ran against one another in the second round. Raz Kinszltich won the second round.
Rubik Danilowitz won the mayoral elections in Beer Sheva for a third term.
Ramat Gan Election Results
Carmel Shama Hacohen ran against incumbent Israel Singer in the second round and HaCohen took the final vote to win the second round.
Much loved Miriam Feinberg took the election in Netanya. She now starts her fifth term as mayor of the city.
Incumbent mayor Alon Davidi took the election in Sderot and will now serve another term
After a tight struggle between Aliza Bloch and Moshe Aboutbul, the votes of the soldiers, prisoners and disabled made all the difference. The vote went in Bloch’s favor and she won the election.
Raanana & Kfar Saba Results
In Raanana a second round between Haim Broide and Eitan Ginzburg was called. Haim Broide came out tops.
In neighboring Kfar Saba, Rafi Sa’ar and Yossi Sedbon went head-to-head. Rafi Sa’ar won the second round with 54 percent of the votes.
In Yavne, the mayor, Zvi Gov Ari, will continue to serve after defeating his rivals who included former minister Meir Sheetrit
Tal Ochana, the youngest of all the women candidates, took the election in the small town of Yerucham.
After the second round in Tzfar Shuki Ohana took the vote.
Arkady Pomerantz took the second round with 65 percent of the votes in Maalot HaTarshiha when he beat Shlomo Buchbut who won 35 per cent of the votes.
Aviram Gruber took the vote in the second round.
After the second round, the new Mayor of Eilat is Meir Yitzhak HaLevi
David Eyal Shmueli was elected in Kfar Vradim
In the second round Yosef Nissan was elected in Lehavim
Amos Netzer won the election in the second round.
Shimon Mazoz is the new head of the regional council of Meiter after he won the vote in the second runoff round.
Pardes Hanna Karkur
Hagar Peri Yagur took the vote and beat the incumbent head of the regional council in the second round.
Mayor Arye Tal retained his crown in the second round.