Jennings maintains majority of votes in Sacramento City Council race in updated vote count

06/06/2014 2:45 PM

06/06/2014 2:46 PM

Nonprofit executive director Rick Jennings was still hovering above 50 percent of the vote in the City Council race in the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods in updated results Friday. However, with potentially hundreds more ballots left to count, it was still too early to determine whether he would maintain a majority and avoid a run-off in November with former city fire chief Julius Cherry.

Meanwhile, in the race for the district covering east Sacramento and South Natomas, contractor Jeff Harris kept his lead atop a packed field. But financial adviser Cyril Shah had jumped into second place ahead of teacher Ellen Cochrane.

Harris had 25.5 percent of the vote. Shah was at 23.9 percent and Cochrane 22.6. The top two candidates will face one another in the November run-off.

Jennings held at 50.7 percent of the vote. Cherry was at 41.6 percent and Valley Hi resident Abe Snobar had 7.4 percent.

Measure B, which seeks to increase the parcel tax for city homeowners to raise money for libraries, maintained a strong showing with 72.6 percent voting yes. The measure needs two-thirds approval to pass.

The next update of results is not expected until Tuesday.

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