Folsom council member wins Sacramento County Board of Supervisors seat, avoiding runoff

Folsom City Councilwoman Rosario Rodriguez won the three-way race for a seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The latest batch of results from the county updated Friday show she has over 51% of the vote, winning the primary outright and avoiding the election in November.

Both her opponents have conceded.

“I am grateful that the voters responded so strongly to my message of hope and action,” Rodriguez said. “My team is already working hard to get me the data and information so I can hit the ground running in January.”

Rodriguez will replace outgoing supervisor Sue Frost, who announced in July that she would not run for reelection for the 4th Supervisorial District. The boomerang-shaped district includes parts or all of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Orangevale, Antelope, Rio Linda, Elverta, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, North Highlands, Carmichael, Foothill Farms and Fair Oaks.

In her announcement that she would step down, Frost endorsed Rodriguez as her successor. Though the race for the Board of Supervisors is ostensibly nonpartisan, Rodriguez and Frost are both conservatives.

Rodriguez ran against political newcomer and registered Democrat Braden Murphy and the conservative Citrus Heights Mayor Bret Daniels. Daniels had 26% of the vote when the county released a new round of results Friday, while Murphy had 22%.

Daniels conceded in a Facebook post March 15. “While there are still some votes to be counted,” he wrote, “it is my belief that there will not be a (runoff) and that Rosario Rodriguez has won. I want to congratulate Rosario on running a great campaign.”

Murphy conceded March 8. “I am very proud of the campaign that WE ran,” he wrote on Facebook. “I thank you ALL very much for your support. The fight to stand up for everyday people continues. I hope if I am on the ballot in 2026… you will stand with me again. Let’s make sure to get liberals elected in November.”

Rodriguez was the frontrunner in the race and picked up two more endorsements from sitting supervisors: Along with the nod from Frost, she earned the support of 3rd District Supervisor Rich Desmond and 5th District Supervisor Pat Hume.

Desmond also ran in the primary to keep his seat representing the 3rd Supervisorial District. He was unopposed.