OAKLAND -- The BART board is poised Thursday morning to appoint a new board member to serve only the last three months of a term in a ward representing parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Sound odd? Probably so, agree BART directors. They say they are strongly considering filling the vacancy only because they want to make sure Alameda County supervisors don't make the pick and choose someone running for the seat in the Nov. 6 election.
"We don't want to give one candidate an unfair advantage in the November election," said BART Director Joel Keller of Brentwood. "We think voters should decide."
Four people -- including former Alameda County Supervisor Mary King of Oakland -- have applied for the seat that Bob Franklin resigned June 21 to go to work as a BART manager.
The long and narrow Ward 3 encompasses Kensington in Contra Costa, plus Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and parts of Oakland, Berkeley, Castro Valley and Hayward in Alameda County
The other three applicants are Charles Meckel, an Oakland architect, Theresa Nelson, an Oakland resident who sits on several community group boards, and Clarence Fischer, a former Oakland city employee who lives in the unincorporated Cherryland area near Hayward.
None of the four applicants are running for the seat in the Nov. 6 election.
The board meets 9 a.m. Thursday at the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, 344 20th St., Oakland.
BART directors said they
BART directors said they have no firm assurances that Alameda County supervisors would refrain from making an appointment if BART directors don't.
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