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Mail-in ballots may make a difference in tight races

UPDATE 9:45 AM: Sonoma County election workers still need to count tens of thousands of mail-in ballots turned in Tuesday, potentially putting several tight contests in question, including a handful of school board races in communities around Sonoma County. It could be Thanksgiving before the tally becomes official.

Rohnert Park: Stafford, Ahanotu win council bids

UPDATE 7 AM: Mayor Pam Stafford and Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce chaiman Amy Ahanotu were elected to the Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday.

Record shows Rohnert Park candidates’ similarities

They have ended up on opposite sides of the campaign. But viewed through their major votes on the city’s planning commission, the differences between Rohnert Park City Council candidates John Borba and Amy Ahanotu are relatively slight. The fifth candidate in the race, Roger Schwanke, has run a low-key campaign. Part 3 of our series looking at the Rohnert Park council race.

Spotlight: Rohnert Park City Council race

There has been no shortage of drama in the Rohnert Park City Council race. A blizzard of attack fliers. The re-emergence of a controversial former city manager. The disappearance of one candidate from the campaign trail amid personal troubles. And there’s still three weeks ’til Election Day. Today, we turn the WSC spotlight on the campaign in Rohnert Park.

Leivo the top spender in Rohnert Park council race

Former Rohnert Park City Manager Carl Leivo, trying to win a City Council seat in the city that he was fired from five years ago, is the top spender so far in this year’s race. A recap of the campaign finance disclosures filed this week in Rohnert Park.

Three committees key in Rohnert Park council race

Independent political committees spending tens of thousands of dollars will play a key role in Rohnert Park’s City Council elections. While five candidates have spent a combined $44,000, two opposing committees alone have already spent a combined $26,500 on campaign signs and mail pieces. See who’s funding the power struggle.

October campaign finance reports: Rohnert Park City Council

Five candidates for Rohnert Park City Council have raised $39,000 to fund their campaigns, but almost $28,000 is in the form of loans from the candidates themselves. A sixth candidate did not file a disclosure by Tuesday’s deadline. Follow the money with us in Rohnert Park.

VIDEO: Oct. 4 Rohnert Park City Council debate

Five of the six candidates running for two seats on the Rohnert Park City Council faced off in a debate Monday night. Which candidate made the strongest case? Watch the debate and give us your opinion.

Rohnert Park budget problems overshadow debate

Rohnert Park’s hulking $2.4 million budget deficit was the central focus of a debate Monday for candidates seeking two open City Council seats. All of the candidates agreed that growing jobs and small businesses was their main hope for creating new income. After that, they differed.

Endorsement Watch: Rohnert Park City Council

The Press Democrat Editorial Board endorsed Amy Ahanotu and Pam Stafford in the Rohnert Park City Council race. Did the PD Editorial Board make the right picks? Disagree with the choices? Discuss the endorsements here.

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