Ex-NBA star making strong bid for mayor's job

By many measures, it would appear that former NBA star Kevin Johnson is likely to be the next mayor of Sacramento. In that city, a candidate needs to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win an election outright. If that doesn’t happen, a run-off election is held. Johnson, who played 14 seasons mostly with Phoenix, received 47 percent of the vote and incumbent Heather Fargo received 40 percent. Other candidates shared the remainder.

The runoff is in November.

Johnson’s candidacy has survived two sex-related broadsides. One accusation dated back to 1995 when there was an investigation that he molested a 16-year-old and the other was more recent when a teenager accused him of inappropriate contact. No charges were filed in either case. There was a report that a large settlement payment was made in the situation 13 years ago.

After leaving basketball and returning to his home town of Sacramento, Johnson has been active in helping both his old high school and neighborhood.


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