Sentinel staff report–
Early election results show Vice Mayor Jeannie Bruins with a strong lead in the race for Citrus Heights City Council, followed by Mayor Steve Miller in second place and Planning Commissioner Porsche Middleton in third. As of late Tuesday night, about 500 votes separated Middleton from appointed incumbent Albert Fox, who was in fourth place.
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Fox’s campaign manager, Frank Ford, told The Sentinel the race was too close to call, as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Additional results are slated to be released by Sacramento County elections later this week as more ballots are counted.
Countywide, the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Office reported that 171,994 ballots had been counted as of 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, with a total of 764,998 registered voters in the County.
Bruins, who sought her fifth term on the City Council, claimed victory Tuesday night, telling The Sentinel she was “very grateful that the voters have given me four more years to serve this wonderful community.” Results available at midnight on Election night showed her garnering 27% of the 22,868 votes counted.
Although placing last in results released so far, Shull, a newcomer to the City Council race, told The Sentinel Tuesday night there were still “too many ballots left to know the outcome.” Other candidates in the race were not immediately able to be reached for comment.
The top three vote-getters will each earn a four-year term on the five-member City Council and are slated to be seated during the first council meeting in December.
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