Fishman has slight lead over Desmond in crucial Sacramento County Supervisor District 3 race

In a race that could hold the balance of power on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the future employment prospects of Sacramento County Executive Nav Gill, Gregg Fishman leads Rich Desmond by 51 to 49-percent.

The latest vote tallies, which were released early Wednesday morning, shows Fishman with 31,627 votes to Desmond's 30,254. There are still 372,000 uncounted ballots, and how many are in District 3 is unknown.

Democrat Fishman and Republican Desmond are competing to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Susan Peters. Should Fishman maintain his lead and win, he would be the fourth Democrat on the Board of Supervisors.

Last month Democratic Supervisors Phil Serna and Patrick Kennedy sent a letter to County Executive Nav Gill, urging his resignation after learning he used CARES Act money for Sacramento County Sheriff's Department payroll and not for COVID-19 relief, which was its intended use. Gill's employment contract requires four supervisors to vote for his removal, and Peters and Supervisor Sue Frost have indicated their support of Gill.

Fishman, along with Supervisor Don Nottoli, is expected to support the removal of Gill should he win. If Desmond prevails, he and Frost are expected to support Gill.

The next voting updates are at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 6. 

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