Updated March 4, 7:06 a.m.
It’s too early to call most races in Sacramento County — except that Mayor Darrell Steinberg is cruising toward re-election.
Perhaps the closest race after early results is in District 4, where incumbent City Councilman Steve Hansen is facing a tough challenge from Katie Valenzuela
Valenzuela, who drew support from progressives and supporters of aggressive rent control policy, leads Hansen by just over 500 votes, 53 percent to 46 percent — but thousands of ballots still need to be counted in the race.
In District 8 — which includes the South Sacramento neighborhood of Meadowview, where police fatally shot Stephon Clark two years ago this month — school board member Mai Vang is leading with 46 percent of the vote over Les Simmons, a pastor and community organizer, who is at 30 percent.
Vang co-founded Hmong Innovating Politics, a group that fought against school closures, before being elected to the school board in 2016. Simmons, a pastor at South Sacramento Christian Center, was instrumental in bringing the black community together with city leaders after Clark’s death in 2018.
If Vang does not earn a majority of votes, she and Simmons will move on to a runoff election in November.
Councilman Eric Guerra, who represents eastern Sacramento’s District 6, appears poised to fend off a trio of challengers to secure re-election.
District 2 Councilman Allen Warren is in a tighter contest so far. On election night, he tallied 38 percent of the vote, a significant lead over challengers Sean Loloee (26 percent) and Ramona Landeros (23 percent).
Sacramento County’s registrar of voters expects tens of thousands of votes still need to be tallied for the city. It will update its count this Friday.
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