Sacramento residents will see at least a few new lawmakers representing them at the state Capitol.
One notable new face will be in the state Senate, where Angelique Ashby is positioned to win her contest to represent most of the city of Sacramento and Elk Grove. She’s leading the state Senate District 8 contest with very few ballots remaining to count, according to the latest tally.
She declared victory on Tuesday. “I could not be more honored that the people of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Elverta and Rio Linda have chosen me to represent them in the State Senate — and that I will be the first woman in 20 years to do so,” Asbhy wrote in an emailed statement.
Ashby, who has sat on Sacramento City Council since 2010, currently enjoys a more than 7,000 vote lead over challenger Dave Jones, who conceded to Ashby via email on Tuesday.
The county’s latest totals has Ashby at 51% of the votes with less than 12,000 ballots remaining in the entire county, and fewer in her district.
Also in the state Senate, Roger Niello — who has previously served in the Assembly and is running to return to the Capitol — is poised to win his contest against Paula Villescaz. He will represent District 6, which includes Rocklin, Roseville and Folsom, but also extends south toward Galt.
In the Assembly, current Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen has won her contest to represent District 10, which includes Elk Grove and parts of the south county. She currently has a more than 8,000 vote lead over Sacramento Council member Eric Guerra.
Incumbent Assembly member Kevin McCarty breezed to re-election, gaining at least 65% percent of the votes in his race to represent most of the city of Sacramento in District 6.
Republican challenger Josh Hoover leads incumbent Democrat Ken Cooley by approximately 1,500 votes in Assembly District 7, which includes Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and Folsom. And Cooley conceded the race on Tuesday, making the district one of the few in California to “flip” from Democrat to Republican.
Sacramento County is scheduled to complete its ballot count this week.
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