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Roger Niello

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Paula Villescaz

Paula Villescaz has conceded the race to represent state Senate District 6, which includes Galt. With her concession and a strong lead in the vote count, former Assemblymember Roger Niello is set to return to the state Legislature.

Besides Galt, the redrawn 6th district includes communities to the north, east and south of Sacramento, like Lincoln, Roseville and Rancho Murieta.

As of Nov. 22, according to the California secretary of state, Niello, a Republican, had received nearly 55% of the vote, compared to Villescaz’s 45%.

In a Nov. 14 concession message, Villescaz, who ran as a Democrat, said she was “short of the votes necessary to win.” While acknowledging this wasn’t her preferred outcome, she thanked her voters and supporters.

“On Friday evening, I had a conversation with Roger Niello to congratulate him on his victory,” Villescaz wrote. “I hope he will strive to represent all of our community, including the working families of SD 6.”

As the early results were rolling in on Nov. 9, Niello posted about the support he was receiving.

“I am so grateful for the support and trust that voters in Placer and Sacramento counties have placed in me. While there are many votes left to be counted, SD 6 voters made a clear statement last night that they are ready for common-sense, bipartisan leadership on the critical issues facing our community: lowering the cost of living, tackling rising crime, improving the business climate and addressing homelessness.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me through this journey. This is a shared victory and I'm excited to get to work.”

Local elections offices have until Dec. 8 to finalize their vote counts.