BART board incumbents John McPartland and Tom Radulovich won reelection Tuesday, while another incumbent -- Lynette Sweet -- was trailing Zakhary Mallett in a close race.

In another contest, Rebecca Saltzman handily defeated three other candidates to win her first seat on the BART board, to represent District 3, that covers parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Voters were electing four BART board members Tuesday from political districts within the rapid transit district that spans Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco counties.

A total of 12 candidates were running in four races.

In District 7, BART Director Lynette Sweet of San Francisco was trailing Zakhary Mallett in a close race in a district that includes parts of three counties. With many mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, the outcome of that race is still in question.

Maria Alegria was in third place in that race, trailed by Margaret Gordon.

Alegria is a former Pinole city councilwoman who was recalled from office in 2008. Sweet was appointed to the BART board in 2003.

District 7 includes a sliver of San Francisco, much of West Contra Costa County and parts of Oakland, Albany and Berkeley.

In BART District 3, Saltzman of Oakland defeated candidates Anthony Pegram and Fred Wright Lopez for the seat that Bob Franklin resigned from last summer. District 3 includes parts of Lamorinda, Castro Valley, Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito and Kensington.


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In District 5 in the Tri-Valley, BART board President John McPartland of Castro Valley won by a 5-3 margin over John Maher, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting. Maher, a retired BART mechanic and union employee, also is from Castro Valley.

In District 9, which is located entirely within San Francisco, BART Director Tom Radulovich easily outdistanced two candidates, attorney Pete Klivans and Luke Lucas, a mobility manager at T-Mobile. Radulovich was elected in 1996.

In District 1, there was no contested election because BART Director Gail Murray of Walnut Creek ran without opposition. She represents the San Ramon Valley and much of Central Contra Costa County.

Murray, a transit and planning consultant, was first elected to the board in 2004, and re-elected in 2008.

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