McGrail, 3 incumbents elected to Zone 7 water board

Agency serves water needs of Tri-Valley cities

Three incumbents and one challenger were elected to the four seats contested in yesterday's Zone 7 water agency board of directors election.

The agency provides water resources and flood control to the Livermore-Amador Valley, and sells treated potable water to Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.

Sarah Palmer, a Zone 7 board director since 2006, led the ticket with 10,716 votes, or 21.10% of all votes cast in the election. She has taught at the high school and university levels as well as worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Other winners of board seats were Jim McGrail, with 9,582 votes, or 18.86%; John James Greci, Jr., with 8,594 votes, or 16.92%, and Bill Stevens, with 7,019 votes, or 13.82%.

Palmer said her priorities include looking at the quality and quantity of local water, which includes a sustainability program. In addition, she said she wants to work with the Valley's other water agencies and create programs that keep the public interests at the forefront.

McGrail, a private attorney with his own firm in Livermore, was elected to his first term on the Zone 7 board. He is a director on the Alameda County Fair board and the Livermore Rodeo Foundation. He worked for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office for 14 years and later served as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Greci, currently Zone 7 board's vice president, has served on the board since 1994. He taught at Livermore High School for 20 years and was groundwater cleanup manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Stevens is president the Zone 7 board, which he's served on since 1998. He has also been a geotechnical engineering consultant.

Candidates for the Zone 7 board who failed to win any of the four contested seats were AJ Machaevich with 6,090 votes, Alfred A. Exner with 5,135 votes, and Matt Morrison, who received 3,515 votes.


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