Two candidates, including an incumbent who died, appeared to have won two seats on the Los Medanos Community Health Care District board, according to unofficial election results released early Wednesday morning.
Board member and longtime community activist Darnell Turner, who died in September, garnered 39.25 percent of the vote, followed by incumbent J. Vern Cromartie, who had 35.04 percent with all precincts reporting. Challenger Joe Rubi, a former board member, garnered 25.05 percent of the vote.
Turner's death occurred at a time when it was too late to take his name off the ballot. If Turner is among the top two vote-getters, the position will be filled by an appointment made by the districts's board of directors.
The district is funded by a 1 percent property tax assessment to distribute community grants to support health and wellness services targeted to low-income residents in Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clayton, Clyde and unincorporated Antioch.
From June 30, 2010, to June 30, 2012, the district dispersed $750,000 in grants to various organizations.
Cromartie, a 58-year-old professor of sociology at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, was first elected to the board in 2004. He pledged to expand the number of partnerships that the district has to provide services in addition to distributing grant funds. He also wanted to see more programs that served the disabled community.
Rubi, a 77 -year-old retired Mare Island machinist who served on the board from 2004 to 2008, touted his previous financial experience on the board that resulted in helping to lower the district's debt. He also pledged to represent the diversity of the community.
Both candidates pledged to take a closer look at how grant recipients spend the funds that are received from the district.
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