Elk Grove’s state, county, and Congressional representatives performed well in the June 5 election when they either won a race or advanced to the November election.
The big winner was Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert who declared victory soon after receiving 63 percent of the vote. She defeated her challenger Noah Philips who had 36 percent.
The winner of the Sacramento County sheriff’s race was not called, as of press time. Incumbent Scott Jones had the top lead with 53 percent, but he announced he was “cautiously optimistic” since more ballots remained to be counted on June 6. He could face a runoff election in November if his lead dips below 50 percent.
This election marked the first time that the California Voter’s Choice Act was tested out in Sacramento County.
This change aims to encourage more people to vote by enabling them to mail their ballots in mid-May, drop off ballots at select locations, or visit vote centers in their city a few days before the election. Traditional neighborhood polling places were eliminated.
The impact on Sacramento County’s voter turnout has yet to be determined. County elections staff reported a 16 percent turnout on June 6. However, the staff still had an estimated 219,000 mail-in ballots to count this week, county spokesperson Paige Bedegrew said.
County: Nottoli stays in county seat; sheriff’s race not over yet
Sacramento County District 5 Supervisor Don Nottoli, who has represented Elk Grove for nearly 25 years, was re-elected without opposition. He has not faced a challenger since his 2010 re-election. Nottoli will be sworn into his seventh term in the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors’ District 5 seat.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones initially declined to run for a third term last year. He soon changed his mind after candidate Kris Palmer dropped out in January.
Three challengers took on him in the June election. Candidates Donna Cox and Milo Fitch split the vote by each receiving 20 percent, while Bret Daniels finished at 5 percent, according to the county’s June 6 results.
The Jones campaign is waiting until the rest of the ballots are counted this week before declaring victory.
Congress: Bera, Grant to face off in November
In California’s District 7 Congressional race, incumbent Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and his Republican challenger, Andrew Grant finished as the top two candidates. They will be rivals in the November election.
Bera was on top with 51 percent of the vote, while Grant had 32 percent, according to the June 6 results reported by Sacramento County’s elections office.
Will Van Nuys, a spokesperson for Bera, said that the congressman was humbled by the support he received in the primary.
“Headed into November, Dr. Bera is fully committed to the principles that define his time in Congress: access to quality, affordable health care for all, good paying jobs and economic development that grows our economy for everyone, and an efficient and effective (Veterans Affairs) to treat our veterans,” he said.
Grant commented on his success in the primary election.
“It really resonates with the interest by people who know that they are not well-represented in Washington, D.C. and are looking for a change,” he told the Citizen a few hours after the polls closed.
Grant added that he plans to work to help people make comparisons between himself and Bera.
“I’m wanting to debate with (Bera) as many times as he’s willing to debate with me,” he said. “I think people deserve that from their member of Congress and someone who has been identified as (the) primary challenger for representing them in Washington.”
The other candidates were Republican Yona Barash who finished with 12 percent of the vote, while Green candidate Chris Richardson and independent candidate Reginald Claytor both had 1 percent.
State: Indie candidate to challenge Pan for Senate; Assemblyman Cooper advances to Nov.
State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is moving on to the Senate District 6’s November election after he won 64 percent of the vote. His challenger is Eric Frame, an independent candidate who finished in second place with 14 percent.
The other candidates Libertarian Janine DeRose and Democrat Jacob Mason were tied at 10 percent.
Frame is an activist who stated on his website that he felt inspired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“We’re really excited, and we’re excited to get the word out on how bad Richard Pan is on multiple levels,” Frame told the Citizen on election night.
He expects volunteers from other senate campaigns to join his effort to defeat Pan. The candidate plans to go door-to-door and meet with residents. He emphasized that he is not controlled by special interests.
“I am publicly funded and (Pan) is corporately funded,” Frame said. “I am beholden to the public, and he is beholden to multiple corporate entities.”
Pan could not be reached for comment, as of press time.
In the Assembly District 9 primary, Assembly Member Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, secured the majority of the votes by winning 67 percent. His two Democratic opponents had a photo finish – Harry He had 16 percent while Mario Garcia had 15 percent.
Cooper’s opponent in the November election has not been decided, as of press time.