Knight, Allaman locked in tight Los Rios trustee battle

Center High School teacher Marc Allaman and former El Dorado County Supervisor John R. Knight were locked in a virtual tie Wednesday to represent Folsom and most of El Dorado County on the Los Rios Community College District board.

Knight had a slim 151-vote lead over Allaman out of 37,140 votes counted in Area 3, and each candidate had 28 percent of the vote in the four-way race. Higher education administrator Brad Trimble was third with 24 percent, followed by Greater Sacramento Urban League leader Leroy Tripette with 20 percent.

Knight, an El Dorado Hills resident, ran on his government management experience as a former county supervisor and planning commissioner. Allaman, who lives in Folsom, said he would ensure that Folsom Lake College and its satellite campuses could accommodate growth from residents moving into a newly annexed portion of Folsom south of Highway 50.

The candidates were vying to fill out the remaining half of Trustee Terry Cochran’s four-year term. Cochran died in February at age 74 from complications related to sinus cancer, according to the district, and he had served on the seven-member board since 1996.

Election offices in El Dorado and Sacramento counties are still tallying mail-in and provisional ballots. The counties have until Dec. 2 to certify final results.