Three BART board incumbents and nine other candidates are running for four seats on the nine-member transit board in the Nov. 6 election.

BART is one of the few transit districts in America with a board directly elected by the public.

For BART District 3 in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, three candidates are competing for a seat that Bob Franklin, of Oakland, resigned from earlier this year.

District 3 includes Moraga, Piedmont, San Lorenzo and parts of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Castro Valley, Lafayette, El Cerrito and Kensington.

In BART's District 5 race in Alameda County, BART board President John McPartland, of Castro Valley, faces a challenge from John Maher, a retired BART mechanic and union employee. Maher also lives in Castro Valley.

BART District 5 includes Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and parts of Castro Valley and Hayward.

In District 7, which includes parts of three counties, incumbent BART Director Lynette Sweet, of San Francisco, faces three challengers for the seat she was first appointed to in 2003.

The challengers are Margaret Gordon, an environmental activist who was not reappointed to the Oakland port commission earlier this year; Zakhary Mallet, a city planner who lives in Pinole; and Maria Alegria, a former Pinole city councilwoman who was recalled by voters in 2008 over conflict-of-interest allegations concerning a local business.

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


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In the race for District 9, located entirely within San Francisco, BART Director Tom Radulovich is running against two challengers. They are Pete Livans, an attorney, and Luke Lucas, a mobility manager at T-Mobile.

Klivans ran against Radulovich in 2008 and lost.

In District 1, BART Director Gail Murray, of Walnut Creek, is assured of another four-year term because no one filed to run against her. She represents an area with the San Ramon Valley and much of Central Contra Costa County

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.