With all precincts reporting, Bob Coomber, the incumbent Livermore Area Recreation and Park District board member, is the apparent winner over challenger Mark Thrailkill.

Coomber won 52.95 percent of Tuesday's vote in a tight race that may still be too close to call.

On Tuesday, the Alameda County registrar of voters estimated that still uncounted mail-in ballots may account for 25 percent of the vote.

Board members appointed Coomber to the seat in January. The position has two years remaining.

Coomber and Thrailkill were among six candidates that sought three open seats on the five-member board in 2010. Neither won a seat on the board that is responsible for overseeing 38 parks and a jurisdiction that spans a 245-square-mile area bounded by Contra Costa County to the north, San Joaquin County to the east, Santa Clara County to the south and the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin to the west. It also manages community programs for seniors and children, including child care.

Instead, Maryalice Faltings, Laureen Turner and David Hutchinson earned enough votes for the four-year seats in that 2010 election.

In 2011, Turner won election to the Livermore City Council, and both Coomber and Thrailkill applied to fill the seat with the board deciding on Coomber.


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The two are vying to finish out the remaining two years on the seat that was originally won by Turner in 2010.

The winner can expect a term focused on the district's budget, the loss of programs and possible expansion of the district.

In August, the district lost a $670,000 grant that funded the Extended Student Services school-age child care program, which served 250 children. The money came from the state Department of Education (through the private nonprofit child development agency Kidango) for the past three decades. The loss left the families without free child care.

In July, the district voted unanimously to remain separate from the city.

The board could also face expansion issues as there have been discussions to expand Sycamore Grove Park by 73 acres with the possible purchase of the Bobba property adjacent to the open park space.

Correspondent Robert Jordan contributed to this story. Contact Jeremy Thomas at jethomas@bayareanewsgroup.com.