Los Rios trustee battle separated by 4 votes

Center High School teacher Marc Allaman has taken a four-vote lead over former El Dorado County Supervisor John Knight in a neck-and-neck battle to serve on the Los Rios Community College District board.

After Sacramento County released an updated vote count Wednesday, the narrow margin in the Los Rios Area 3 race represents less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the 50,626 votes cast. It marked the first time Allaman jumped into the lead with 13,856 votes compared to Knight’s 13,852.

The seat covers most of El Dorado County and a portion of eastern Sacramento County. Knight had a 151-vote lead in initial election returns, but that advantage evaporated as election officials in both counties tallied last-minute mail and provisional ballots.

The race could flip again Thursday. Knight’s home base of El Dorado County is expected to post a new tally that includes about half of the 1,200 provisional ballots left to count, according to El Dorado County elections official Joe Zitzelberger.

Also unresolved is Placerville’s Measure I, which would impose a sales tax of a half-cent on the dollar in the city. The measure was failing by five votes as of El Dorado County’s last update.

Call The Bee’s Kevin Yamamura at (916) 326-5548.