Who will occupy one of three open seats on the Galt City Council remains uncertain, with two candidates separated by just a few votes.

Leading the race are Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu and Mayor Shawn Farmer, who have 24% and 22% of the vote, respectively, according to an updated count released Nov. 15 by the Sacramento County elections office.

Tom Silva, who is president of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees, and Council Member Rich Lozano are vying for third place. Silva is leading by only five votes, and each candidate has about 19% of the ballots counted so far.

Public Safety Committee Chair Tim Reed is in fifth place with nearly 16% of the vote.

In other Galt elections, former Galt Mayor Lori Heuer held onto her lead in the race for the GJUESD Trustee Area 2 seat, with 37% of the vote, and the 1-cent Measure Q sales tax still appears favored to pass, getting nearly 53% support in the latest update. The measure needs 50% plus one vote to pass. Meanwhile, the county’s half-cent Measure A sales tax encountered resistance, getting only 46% support, well short of the simple majority it needs.

If both measures pass, Galt’s combined sales tax will exceed a legal limit, which will require state intervention to decide which tax to implement.

Council put Measure Q on the ballot in order to raise money for landscaping and for parks and recreation, passing a resolution to declare its intentions for the projected $3.6 million in revenue. Measure A would benefit transportation and infrastructure projects in the county.

The race for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat remained relatively close. Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume led with about 51% of the vote. Cosumnes Community Service District President Jaclyn Moreno was trailing by a bit more than 1,000 ballots, with 49% of the vote.

On Nov. 9, Hume posted on Facebook about the vote count.

“Votes are still being counted, but I'm hopeful it continues trending our way. In the meantime, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my team, our volunteers, supporters, donors and everyone who expressed support along the way,” Hume wrote.

Moreno, also posting on the ninth, said the race was “too close to call” and hoped to pick up more votes.

“No matter the outcome of this race, I am so amazed at the campaign we ran together,” Moreno wrote. “The work we all did to elevate important issues like abortion access, climate change, and mental healthcare has moved the needle in our region and I couldn’t be more proud.”

The county’s ballot-counting process can continue through Dec. 8. As of Nov. 15, the elections office said it had counted more than 250,000 ballots and had more than half that number to go.