Special Election Results: Sacramento County School Board Races

There were two special elections for school boards in Sacramento County on Tuesday. The eventual winners in both races will carry out terms ending in 2026. 

San Juan Unified School Board 

SJUSD’s Area 7 seat was left vacant after the death of Steve “Sparky” Miller in March. Miller, a longtime community advocate and former Citrus Heights council member, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 64. 

Two candidates — commercial driver and parent Manuel Perez and businessman-parent Murad “Moe” Sarama — were competing for this seat. Currently, Perez leads with 54.8% (1,833 votes). But there are hundreds of votes left to count. An update will be provided Thursday. 

Natomas Unified School Board

The Area 4 seat for Natomas Unified was left vacant after Cindy Quiralte resigned less than five months into her term. A special election was called to find Quiralte’s replacement.

Six candidates were vying for this seat: Monique Hokman, Amir Khan, Krystal King, Shahzad “Shawn” Anwar, Brenda L. Borge and Scott Dosick.

This race is headed for a runoff. Dosick leads narrowly with 25% of the vote. Khan is in second place, followed by Borge.

The frontrunners all have impressive resumes. Dosick is Deputy Director for the California Competes Tax Credit program at the Governor's Office. Khan is a small business owner, veteran, and former US Army paratrooper. Borge is a retired educator and counselor with Natomas Unified and currently serves on the Natomas Schools Foundation. 

Follow election updates from the county registrar.  



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