Primary in Sacramento, California: Leaders in the DA, Sheriff’s Races

Early results for California’s primary were announced Tuesday, with several major city and county races appearing in Sacramento.

Two of the county’s biggest races, for county attorney and mayor, are direct elections between two candidates that will be decided in the summer.

Sacramento will have a new elected law enforcement leader and a new attorney general, as Sheriff Scott Jones has chosen to run for the U.S. Congress while County Attorney Annemarie Schubert has entered the state attorney general’s race.

Other races, including multiple Sacramento City Council seats, can run to the November general election for the top two candidates, if neither gets more than 50% of the vote.

The official screening takes place between June 9 and July 7. The last day for counting mail-in ballots, postmarked by Election Day, is June 14. The results are due to be validated by the counties and sent to the state by July 8.

Sacramento County spokeswoman Jana Hines said in an update Wednesday morning that the election office still has some ballots from Tuesday for polling as well as mail-in ballots.

According to the county elections website, the next numbers update will come at 4 p.m. Friday.

Turnout was low, Hines said Wednesday, with 192,224 ballot papers returned to the county. This represents 22% of registered voters. Of these, more than 126,000 were mailed, more than 55,000 left in drop boxes and nearly 11,000 were cast in polling stations.

Here’s where the local primary races are as of Wednesday morning, with unofficial results last updated by the Sacramento County Elections Office at 12:08 a.m.

Sacramento County Attorney

Prosecutors Theanne Ho and Alana Matthews were vying to succeed Schubert as the next Sacramento County District Attorney.

He is most famous as a prosecutor for prosecuting Joseph James DeAngelo Golden State Killer/Eastern District rapist, receiving 59% of the vote.

Matthews, who spent eight years in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office and has experience as an assistant law professor, had the remaining 41%.

Whoever wins the seat will become the first person of color to hold the position of the top attorney general in Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff

Elk Grove, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, led Brigadier General Jim Barnes in the Sacramento County race for mayor, as of return time Wednesday morning.

Cooper received 55% of the vote while Barnes received 45%.

Cooper, who spent 30 years in the mayor’s office before serving eight years in the California Assembly, ran for mayor in 2010 and lost to Jones.

Barnes, a 24-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was the outgoing mayor’s pick to replace him.

Jones endorsed Barnes shortly after his decision not to seek a fourth term as mayor and instead run for a congressional seat in California’s third district.

Sacramento City Council

Elections to fill three open seats on the eight-member Sacramento City Council are shaping up within the narrowest of local races, and are likely to be voted on in the November general election.

City Council candidates win their races outright if they receive more than 50% of the vote. Otherwise, the first and second place winners advance to the November ballot.

Lisa Kaplan, Longtime Unified School board member, received 50.5% of the vote for District 1, which covers northern Natomas. Real estate broker Alyssa Lozano received 26.7% of the vote, and local LGBTQ leader Nate Pelczar received 18.9%.

For District 3, the seat south of Natomas, Karina Talamantes had 48.6% of the vote while Michael Lynch had 40.3% as of early Wednesday morning. Adrianne Gonzales had the remaining 11%.

Talamantes is the chief of staff for outgoing Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who is running for a seat in the Senate.

The toughest competition came in District 5, which includes Oak Park, Hollywood Park, and parts of South Sacramento.

Caity Maple received 38.2% of the vote in District 5, followed by Tamiko Heim with 34.7%, Kimberly Sue with 17.6% and Chris Baker with 9.4%.

This means that Mabel and Heim are likely heading into the run-off in November.

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

The Sacramento County superintendent’s seats were District 2, which covers the southern portions of Sacramento City as well as portions of southern Sacramento County and the Vineyard; and District 5, which includes Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, and Rancho Cordova, and unincorporated areas in the southeastern part of the county.

District 2 incumbent Patrick Kennedy maintained a significant lead over contender Duke Cooney. Kennedy had received 77% of the vote as of early Wednesday morning, with Kony receiving the remaining 23%.

The District 5 race, to replace outgoing supervisor Don Notoli who is retiring after 28 years, was closer. Elk Grove City Council member Pat Hume led with 42% of the vote, followed by Jacqueline Moreno, director of the Kosomnes Community Services District, with 31%. These two are likely headed to the run-off.

Steve Lee, the former mayor of Elk Grove, came in second with 19% of the 5th District vote and will need a boost to get to the November ballot. Alex R. Joe received the remaining 8% of the vote.

District 1, which includes the northern half of Sacramento, is also up for midterm re-election. Incumbent Phil Serna ran unopposed.

Major races in Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties

In the race for Placer County sheriff, Brigadier General Wayne Wu led with 67% of the vote as of 11:46 p.m. from the Placer County Elections Office. Brandon Bean, a former deputy mayor and Roseville police officer, had 33%.

In the Placer County Board of Supervisors’ race for District 2, current District 2 Director Shanti Landon led the early returns with 44% of the vote, led Roseville City Councilman Scott Alford with 33% and Lincoln City Council member Paul Joiner with 23%.

In Yolo County, current Mayor Tom Lopez has a big lead over Tommy Hayes. With 70% of the ballot papers returned, Lopez received 73% of the vote against Hayes’ 27%.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Resig was also taking on rival Cynthia Rodriguez. Reiseg received 61% of the vote while Rodriguez received 39%.

Lukas Friedrich got a big lead on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors for District 2, with 65% of the vote. Juliette Beck came in second with 35%.

Finally in El Dorado County, a tight race is underway for the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors, which runs from Bullock Pines to South Lake Tahoe.

Brock Lane, the former mayor of South Lake Tahoe, took 24.9% of the vote in the early returns, to lead Kenny Kurtzweiler, with 24.5%, to the top spot. Jeffrey Spencer has 21.25% of the vote and Tamara Wallace has 19% as the four candidates compete to appear in the November general election ballot.

This story was originally published June 8, 2022 7:15 am.

Michael McGoough is an anchor for the Sacramento Bee Breaking News Reporting Team, which covers public safety and other local stories. A native of Sacramento and a lifelong resident of the capital, he trained at The Bee while attending Sacramento, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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