SACRAMENTO — In one of the lowest voter turnout elections in Sacramento County history, a few Primary Election races are still too close to call while others have been decided.
With 46 of 46 precincts reporting, Rick Jennings leads the Sacramento City Council District 7 race with 2,989 votes (50.70 percent) to Julius Cherry’s 2,439 votes (41.37 percent).
With many votes left to count, including mail-in ballots Jennings and Cherry are likely to meet in the runoff in the General Election in November, unless one candidate earns more than half of the total votes cast. Abe Snobar, the third candidate in the race, is far behind the top-two vote getters with 449 votes (7.62 percent).
With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, it appears that Jim Cooper and Darrell Fong will face each other in a runoff for State Assembly District 9 in November.
Cooper (Democrat) is currently leading the race with 9,020 votes (33.90 percent) while Fong (Democrat) is comfortably in second with 8,326 votes (31.29 percent).
City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Steve Cohn will set their campaigns for the General Election. With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, McCarty leads the State Assembly District 7 race with 9,351 votes. Cohn is in second with 7,573 votes.
Roger Dickinson (Democrat) has a commanding lead over Dr. Richard Pan (Democrat) for the State Senate District 6 seat. Dickinson has 24,098 votes (40.04 percent) and Pan has 19,230 votes (31.96). They will both move on to the runoff in November.
The tightest race thus far is the City Council District 3 contest. with 88 percent precincts reporting, Jeff Harris leads with 1,208 votes (24.64), Ellen Cochrane is in second with 1,184 votes (24.15 percent), and Cyril Shah is in third with 1,155 votes (23.56 percent). Only the top two can move on to the runoff in November.
There will be no runoff in the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 2 race. Patrick Kennedy easily won the seat with 14,955 votes (84.14 percent). Jrmar Jefferson did manage to register 2,746 votes (15.45 percent) with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.
In the Sacramento County District Attorney race, Anne Marie Schubert avoided a runoff by winning the post with 52,689 votes (57.39 percent). Maggy Krell tallied 29,710 votes (32.36 percent) with 82 percent of the precincts reporting.
City Council District 5 incumbent Jay Schenirer’s 3,230 votes (62.03 percent) helps him stave off a runoff against challenger Ali Cooper, who currently have 1,951 votes (37.47 percent).
By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer