Incumbents win big in Zone 7 Water Agency board race

Figuers, Ramirez Holmes and Quigley secure seats

In the race for the Zone 7 Water Agency board of directors, incumbents Sandy Figuers, Angela Ramirez Holmes and Dick Quigley clinched the three available seats, securing their spots for another four years.

Each of the incumbents have careers that complement the board's responsibilities. Figuers owns a geology firm, Ramirez Holmes runs a political consulting firm and Quigley is a retired Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory senior logistics coordinator.

Figuers clinched the lead with 23% of the vote, Ramirez Holmes earned 17% and Quigley garnered 15%, according to Election Night results, which include a vast majority -- but not all -- of ballots cast. The top three vote-getters are chosen for the seats.

Four challengers for the seats were close behind the incumbents. Alden Lane Nursery owner Jacqueline Williams-Courtright received 13%, Amador Valley biology teacher Eric Thiel received 12%, mechanical engineer Victor Karpenko received 9% and financial analyst Alfred Exner received 8%, as of Wednesday morning when 100% of precincts had reported their results.

The race was nonpartisan. About 68,000 ballots were cast in the Zone 7 race, according to Election Day statistics.

"I'd like to thank the voters for supporting me, and I look forward to representing them for another four years," Figuers said Tuesday night.

He said his goals for the next four years include keeping an eye on the budget and pushing back against proposals to extend gravel mining operations to depths that could threaten the region's aquifer.

"Thank you for the vote of confidence to continue my work for the Tri-Valley," Ramirez Holmes said. "It is an honor to serve."

Quigley said his goals for his next term are diversifying the agency's water supply, focusing on capture of stormwater and creating ways for the public to use Zone 7's Patterson Ranch property for recreation, such as hiking.

"I'm excited, one, and I'm humbled, two, to been given the fourth opportunity to serve the public," he said. "I believe my vision and the things that I stand for resonated."

The Zone 7 board oversees the legislative and financial decisions for the water and flood control agency, which is the primary water wholesaler for the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, the Dublin San Ramon Services District and Cal Water's Livermore division.

Figuers, Ramirez Holmes and Quigley's new terms will begin July 1.

Figuers' current term began in 2008, but he also served on the board for 12 years in the 1980s and '90s. Ramirez Holmes was elected in 2012, and Quigley was elected in 2004.

Unofficial election night results include early vote-by-mail counts and ballots reports by 100% of precincts as of Tuesday night. Election figures often change once final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other qualifying ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State.

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