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Jennings closer to victory in Sacramento City Council race

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 2:46 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Nonprofit executive director Rick Jennings is on the verge of winning a closely-watched Sacramento City Council race in the district representing the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods.

With just 5,000 ballots left to tally throughout Sacramento County, Jennings held 50.6 percent of the votes in Council District 7 after results were updated today. He needs a majority to avoid a runoff in November with former city Fire Chief Julius Cherry, who held 42 percent of the vote after today’s update.

Meanwhile, city parks commissioner Jeff Harris and financial adviser Cyril Shah are closer to securing spots in the November runoff after the update. Harris has 26.1 percent of the vote, followed by Shah’s 23.8 percent, in the district representing east Sacramento and South Natomas.

Teacher Ellen Cochrane trailed in third with 22.3 percent of the vote and has likely been eliminated from the general election.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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