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Close race: Miller now trails McKibbin by 839 votes in SJUSD election

Updated Nov. 12, 4:12 p.m.–
Latest numbers released around 4 p.m. today showed McKibbin’s lead gaining by several hundred more votes, with a total of 839 votes ahead — beating Miller by a slim margin of less than 1 percent of the votes cast in the race.

Updated Nov. 10, 3:52 p.m.–
Latest numbers just released show Miller trailing McKibbin by 633 votes in San Juan school board race. County election officials estimate there are still over 23,000 vote-by-mail ballots and around 9,000 provisional ballots still to be counted. Next update expected Wednesday by 4 p.m.

Updated Nov. 6, 5:51 p.m.–
In a tight race for a seat on the San Juan Unified School District board, business owner Michael Miller now trails retired educator Michael McKibbin by 185 votes, after the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters updated its vote-count with thousands of additional vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, Thursday afternoon.

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Although initially trailing in third place in the race for two seats on the SJUSD governing board, Miller ended up the night with a 249-vote lead over McKibbin, saying on his Facebook page he was “cautiously optimistic” the lead would hold.

With the Registrar’s office reporting a number ballots county-wide still to be tallied, the school board race is yet to be decided — although both Miller and McKibbin beat San Juan Teachers Association-backed Paula Villescaz and businessman Michael Alcalay in the race for second place. The local teachers association had backed Villescaz and first-place winner Greg Paulo in the race, but Villescaz came in fourth with just 17 percent of the vote, while Paulo pulled off an easy re-election with 24 percent.

Miller had picked up the endorsement of Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost, the local chamber of commerce and the Sacramento Republican Party, while McKibbin earned the endorsement of the Sacramento Bee and several Democrat groups.

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