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Sawyer, Gorin to face off in Sonoma Valley supervisor's race

November's race for the east county representative to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be between Santa Rosa council members John Sawyer and Susan Gorin.

The two took an insurmountable lead Tuesday night in their effort to replace outgoing Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown.

In the end, the two were virtually tied, with Sawyer receiving 23.5 percent of the vote and Gorin had 23.2 percent.

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Third place finisher Gina Cuclis had 17.1 percent, followed closely by Sonoma Mayor Joanne Sanders with 16.2 percent, Mark Bramfitt with 14.3 percent and Michael McClure received 5.7 percent.

An official final vote tally won't be completed for a few weeks as county election officials process and count ballots turned in at the last minute by absentee voters and those voting outside of their usual precincts.

For Sawyer and Gorin, their sharp differences in the years they've worked together on the council trailed them into the primary race for supervisor and likely foreshadow a bruising battle in the final round.

"We will mix it up for sure," Gorin said.

The November winner will make county history based on their Santa Rosa residential addresses. Traditionally the 1st District seat, which encompasses eastern Santa Rosa to the Napa County line, has gone to a Sonoma Valley resident.

The candidates living in Sonoma Valley trailed throughout the night's counting.

The other result of a Santa Rosa resident for that seat means the county board will have a majority of members who are based in Santa Rosa.


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