Legislative advocate Paula Villescaz took an early lead June 7 in the race for the redrawn state Senate District 6 seat.

Also vying for the seat are two Republican candidates, former Assembly Member Roger Niello and Dr. Michael J. Huang.

As of 11 p.m., Villescaz, a Democrat, had nearly 50% of the vote, according to the California secretary of state’s office. Niello had 38%, and Huang had 12%. Nearly 72% of precincts had submitted at least partial results.

The top two vote-getters will face each other in the November general election. The primary results will be certified on July 15.

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

Villescaz currently serves as director of legislative advocacy for the County Welfare Directors Association. She previously worked as an assistant secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency; she also served two terms as president of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education.

Niello is attempting a return to the Legislature after serving in the Assembly from 2004 to 2010. He later headed the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was involved in an initiative to promote civics education.

Huang is a Roseville private practitioner who has run on his opposition to precautions against COVID-19 such as masking and vaccinations.

In Galt’s other legislative district, Assembly District 9, Assembly Member Heath Flora is running unopposed.