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Liss, Morillas on top in early count

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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If the trend holds, the Loomis Town Council will have a new look come December. That’s when Gary Liss, who was leading Rhonda Morillas and Tom Millward in votes Tuesday evening, would join the council. At 10 p.m., newcomer Liss had 872 votes, or 36 percent, which could earn him one of the two open seats. Incumbent Morillas appeared to be winning the second seat, with 819 votes, or 34 percent. in the early canvass. Millward, who was also seeking re-election, had drawn 30 percent of the vote. Liss, 57, is a recycling and zero waste consultant. Currently, he is chairman of the Loomis Parks and Open Space Commission. Prior to that he served on the Loomis Open Space 2 Committee. Morillas, 57, is co-owner of Nelthorpe & Son in Loomis. She has served on the Loomis council for 16 years, including mayor and mayor pro-tem four times. Prior to being elected to the council, she was town clerk for 3 years/ She serves on the Placer County Flood Control District, and previously on Placer Economic Development Commission and Air Pollution Control District. “I’m just happy that I’m in the top two so far, and I just hope it will continue. I want to wait until the last of the votes come in before I comment further,” Morillas said. Liss was unavailable for comment Tuesday evening.