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Russell Wins By Three

Sonora, CA – Hank Russell has unofficially won the second Sonora City Council seat by three votes.

When the final absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Matt Hawkins finished with 537 votes, Russell 426, Jim Garaventa 423, and Gary Anderson 418.

The County Elections Office still has to do a one percent manual recount, and the results could be canvassed late this week.

Any candidate or resident would then have five days to request a recount. During a recount, if the numbers do not change, the person requesting would be required to pay for it. If the results do change, there would not be a charge.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.