One of the cities I was most concerned about was Jerusalem, and it's going for Round 2 between 2 candidates, so we'll see how that goes.
But an election revolution that brings a lot of joy is the replacement of Haifa's incumbent mayor by Einat Kalish-Rotem. The other mayor was a real hater. Einat Kalish-Rotem earned the heartfelt support of Haifa's religious population -- and won by a landslide.
(This comes around a year after Rav Chaim Kanievsky termed the former mayor "a rasha" and wished for his downfall.)
Hopefully, this is finally closing the chapter on what was once Rabidly Red Haifa.
But it's not over yet. Kalish-Rotem is not Torah-observant and she's a member of Labor, which is a Leftist party.
So we'll see how it goes.
I wish Haifa's new mayor a lot of bracha and hatzlacha. May Hashem grant her the wisdom and insight to govern in a way that truly benefits Am Yisrael.
Here is an uplifting video of a chareidi center in Haifa as the results were being announced.
The rejoicing over the victory of Einat Kalish-Rotem explodes around the 20-second mark of the video when the speaker announces that the hater-mayor only received 30% of the vote. It's followed by dancing in the streets.