DSRSD candidate nomination period extended through Wednesday

Board of directors president seeks shorter term

Although all incumbents filed their nomination papers in advance of Friday's deadline, Tri-Valley residents still have an extra few days to decide to run for a seat on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors.

DSRSD directors serve at-large, representing customers within the district's boundaries that include portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Because the city is considered outside its service area, Pleasanton residents cannot vote or run for DSRSD's board. The agency provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton by contract.

Three full, four-year term seats and one half term are up for election this November, seats currently belonging to Board of Directors President D. L. Howard, who goes by Pat; Vice President Richard Halket, and directors Edward Duarte and Madelyne Misheloff, respectively. Halket and Duarte are seeking reelection to their four-year seats, but Howard and Misheloff are effectively seeking each other's spots. Howard is running for a two-year term while Misheloff, who was appointed to the board to fill a vacancy late last year, is seeking a four-year seat.

Because Misheloff and Howard are running for seats other than their own, they are not considered incumbents. If an incumbent does not refile, the candidate nomination period is extended five days, making Wednesday the new deadline to run for office.

Howard, a licensed professional engineer who lives in Dublin, has been on the board since 2004. He said Friday that he liked the idea of a two-year term and that he still has goals he wants to help DSRSD realize, like increased water diversification.

"I thought I would try it for two more years and take it from there," Howard said.

As of Monday afternoon, the incumbents were the only ones to formally file nomination papers. If no one else decides to run for DSRSD's board by Wednesday, there will not be a need for an election.

For more candidate and election information, visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters or email Contra Costa County residents should visit the online election division.

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