Gershon Masika has won the elections for leading the Shomron Regional Council by a landslide, with 59.43% of the votes compared to 29.50% for the candidate Pini Efrati and 11.07% for Aryeh Azuelos.
Masika, 55, is a lawyer and educator, and owns companies that deal with real estate, transport and leisure. He is also a martial arts expert.
A 25-year resident of Elon Moreh, he is a reserve captain in the army. He is originally from Ashdod and believes he can bring many new residents to the Shomron region from the coastal plain.