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Allen, Wilson match may not be decided for weeks

Michael Wilson, left, and Michael Allen


The winner of a tight race for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Assembly District likely will not be determined for several weeks, until an estimated 49,000 absentee ballots in three counties are counted.

Former Santa Rosa planning commissioner Michael Allen held a 520-vote lead Wednesday over Vallejo City Councilman Michael Wilson.

Allen had 40.3 percent of the districtwide vote to Wilson’s 39.3 percent. Former Santa Rosa City Councilman Lee Pierce had 19.9 percent of the vote.

However, those numbers, and the top spot in the race, could change when tallies are updated to factor in uncounted absentee ballots from the district’s three counties — Sonoma, Napa and Solano. Counts in Sonoma and Napa aren’t scheduled for at least two weeks, officials said.

“This race isn’t over until everybody certifies,” said Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur. “It’s that close.”

Allen and Wilson both said Wednesday they were content to wait for the final results.

“I’m just interested to see how they stack up,” said Wilson, who spent the day in Napa with his father picking up his campaign signs. “It’s going to be a while.”

Allen, a former district director for state Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, commented by e-mail Wednesday. “I feel confident that the hard work of our campaign team and volunteers will lead us to a victory,” he wrote.

The 7th District Assembly seat opened up when Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, was termed out of office. She won her bid Tuesday for the Democratic ticket for the 2nd District Senate seat currently held by Wiggins.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face off in the general election against Napa Republican Doris Gentry.

In Sonoma County, the number of uncounted absentee ballots is more than 26,000, with about 5,000 of those cast by Democratic voters in the 7thDistrict, said Registrar of Voters Janice Atkinson.

Solano County has about 13,000 uncounted mail-in ballots to process, a portion of them in the 7th District, Voter Registrar Ira Rosenthal said.

Solano County expects to wrap up its tally by early next week, according to Lindsey McWilliams, the assistant registrar of voters.

In Napa County, as many as 10,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted, including as many as 5,000 Democratic mail-in ballots, officials said.

The county won’t update its vote count until after June 21, when it begins a final tally, officials said.

Currently, Allen is ahead of Wilson in Sonoma County, where he has a lead of 853 votes, and in Napa County, where he is ahead by nearly 700 votes.

But in southern Solano County, where Wilson’s support is strongest, Wilson was ahead of Allen by 1,024 votes.

7 Responses to “Allen, Wilson match may not be decided for weeks”

  1. The Arc of Justice says:

    Michael Allen will take this seat, and his deceitful, hate-filled enemies will have to eat crow for all the lies that they have told. Justice will be served. The Guadalupe candles must be working.

  2. Life long Democrat says:

    Rosealani and Arc of Justice have lowered the discussion to High School “bad girl” and the “God is on my side” level. What a pity.

  3. Gimme a break says:

    Hey Arc,

    I’m praying that God doesn’t stoop to caring about partisan politics.

  4. Noah says:

    Wait, Wilson is a Democrat? Oops! I thought he was a Republican.

  5. rosealani says:

    Rosa…No one needs to go to your lame, hateful website. You hate Senator Wiggins, Assemblymember Noreen Evans and Michael Allen. We all know this.

    Despite the fact that you and Victoria Hogan made false allegations against Michael Allen, Michael Allen has won the Assembly seat. You say you have the law on your side but you are not an attorney. I don’t think Mr. Allen will be fined so don’t hold your breath, or maybe you should…

  6. Rosa Koire says:

    Oh Lisa, you are really getting ridiculous! The Arc of Justice! Funny! You better hope your boy doesn’t get into office. It’s going to be miserably embarrassing when he is fined thousands of dollars for his conflict of interest violations. If those are your values then you’ll deserve Allen if he gets in.

    For those of you who haven’t seen all of the documentation of Allen’s violations, take a look at the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Coalition website (click on my name above). We have his contracts, his invoices and the law on our site. It’s all there, just the facts. Light your candle with that, Lisa.

  7. The Arc of Justice says:

    I have been lighting my Guadalupe candles to pray for a successful outcome to this too-close-for-comfort win by Michael Allen. This race should not have been close. It has been painful for me to watch the vicious assault launched against him by malevolent, petty figures who should be ashamed of their conduct, if they had a conscience.

    Michael Allen is a genuine leader, with extensive knowledge of all the public policy areas that his work in the Assembly will require. His core political values are rock solid, and he is a man of character who will serve this region with distinction. He does represent my values, and I look forward to having him as my voice in Sacramento.