Former NBA star set to become mayor in Sacramento
Dave Keating | June 4, 2008 at 03:49 amby
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In his first-ever drive for elected office, former NBA star Kevin Johnson appeared headed to victory Tuesday in the heated race to become mayor of California's capital city, but was falling short of the threshold needed to avoid a November runoff.
Sacramento's mayoral race was the most bitter in decades, pitting two-term incumbent Heather Fargo against the former Phoenix Suns star. One of the Democrats had to capture more than 50% of the votes to win the seat outright.
The election debate revolved around Johnson's character and qualifications.
Johnson had earned a golden reputation by helping revitalize his old Oak Park neighborhood over the last decade, but his standing plummeted in recent weeks amid allegations that he molested a teenage girl in Phoenix 13 years ago and another last year in Sacramento. No charges were brought in either case.
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