Placer County ‘cautiously optimistic’ elections will be certified by Thanksgiving

Several Auburn area races too close to call
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer County Elections Office aims to certify elections by Thanksgiving, and assistant registrar Ryan Ronco said he’s “cautiously optimistic” they’ll achieve their goal – providing area residents some political food for thought along with their turkey dinner.

There’s still a lot to be digested.

In Placer County as a whole, 43,090 ballots had yet to be added to election night totals that left several local races too close to call.

The Auburn City Council race for two seats is one of the most contentious, with just two votes separating challenger Gary Moffat (2,375 votes) and incumbent Keith Nesbitt (2,373), while the other incumbent, Dr. Bill Kirby, holds the overall lead by 44 (2,419).

There are 9,500 ballots yet to be added to the count in Supervisor District 5, which encompasses Auburn’s city limits and stretches east to the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Other tight races include: Placer County Water Agency Division 5 between Joshua Alpine (8,440 votes) and Cheryl Maki (8,179); Auburn City Clerk between Stephanie Snyder (2,161) and Joe Labrie (2,090); and two seats on the Colfax City Council among Kim Douglass (270), Stephen Harvey (203) and Tom Parnham (184).

A majority of the remaining votes are mail-in ballots along with some provisional ballots, according to the Placer County Elections Office.

State law allows 28 days after an election for results to be certified.


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