Update, 1:12 a.m.: With all precincts reporting, Elk Grove City Council member Sophia Scherman has placed third in the Assembly District 9 primary behind Democratic Assemblymember Richard Pan and Republican Tony Amador, according to unofficial results from the California Secretary of State's website. The top two candidates will face off in November's general election.
Update, 12:25 a.m.: About 1,700 votes currently stand between Sophia Scherman and a spot in November's runoff election for State Assembly District 9, and about 90 percent of precincts have been either partially or totally reported.
Update, 10:38 p.m.: Sophia Scherman's election night party is coming to a close, and many votes remain to be counted.
Scherman, who is currently third behind Richard Pan and Tony Amador, remains optimistic.
"I'm going to be one of the top two, but I want to see it," she said.
Update, 10:13 p.m.: Sophia Scherman said she's still excited about her campaign for State Assembly, despite current results showing her in third place. That's because San Joaquin County has only reported absentee ballots so far, and a large number of Sacramento County precincts have not yet reported in.
"Every election, this is what happens," Scherman said at her campaign party at Steve's Pizza. "Some counties are quicker than others to report. It's gonna be fine. I'm excited."
Scherman said one of the issues that has resonated the most strongly with Elk Grove voters is the promise of having local representation in the State Assembly, for the first time since Larry Bowler (R-Elk Grove) was in office.
Although the crowd at Scherman's election night party has dwindled to just a handful, the candidate said she plans to stick it out until about 11 p.m.
Update, 10:00 p.m.: Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman is still in third place, according to the California Secretary of State website. The crowd at her election night party at the West Stockton Boulevard Steve's Pizza has thinned to about six people.
Update, 9:18 p.m.: The most recent Assembly District 9 results from the Secretary of State website show Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman in third place behind Richard Pan and Tony Amador. Check back for more updates.
9:05 p.m.: With about half of the newly created fully or partially reporting, Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman is in second place for a spot in the top-two November runoff election.
Six candidates are vying for the State Assembly seat, and the top two will face each other again in the November general election.
Richard Pan, who represents another Assembly district and has moved to run in District 9, currently leads with about 42 percent of the reported votes. Scherman has 17 percent, with the third and fourth place contenders hovering near 13 and 14 percent.
Scherman, who walked precincts in Galt and Elk Grove over the weekend, said it was too early to assume too much. About 30 people have gathered at Steve's Pizza on W. Stockton Boulevard to watch election results come in.
Mayoral candidate Jerry Braxmeyer said he was a supporter of Scherman because they agree on the issues of job creation and business. He also said he admired Scherman for responding to constituents.
"Really listening to citizens and taxpayers and residents of the city of Elk Grove–that's a true measure of a person who's a leader," Braxmeyer said.
Ila Huster, who said she has worked with Scherman on planning the city's Veterans Day Parade, agrees with the council member on "everything."
"For as long as I've known her, she's always been extremely honest and open and forthright with her views," Huster said.
Candidate Percent of the vote Richard Pan 37.3 Tom Santos 13.1 Tony Amador 20.7 Ed Nemeth 10.6 Sophia Scherman 15.3 C.T. Weber 3.0