Among the candidates for county supervisor, only Valerie Brown could hope to win a majority of the votes and avoid a run-off in November. But the first returns from the First District suggest she may be disappointed. They show the incumbent Brown running far ahead of her rivals in the Sonoma Valley, but five percentage points short of the majority she needs.

If she can’t make up the difference in later returns, she will have to start all over again in the fall against the candidate who finishes second. If you think any incumbent is excited about that prospect, you would be wrong.

In the Third and Fifth districts, the votes are scattered among several candidates, guaranteeing runoffs in the fall. Which is no surprise at all. Later tonight, or maybe early Wednesday, we will know which candidates win the opportunity to re-start their campaigns in time for the November General Election.