One newcomer and two incumbents have been elected to seats on the board of directors for the Dublin-San Ramon Services District.Challenger Edward Duarte collected 27.4 percent of the vote, ahead of incumbents Rich Halket (27 percent) and Dwight L. Howard (24.8 percent).
First-time candidate Scott Hayes trailed in fourth place all night. He took in 20.5 percent of the vote.
Duarte and Halket remained neck-and-neck in votes reported until the eleventh hour, when Duarte pulled slightly ahead. Both Hayes and Duarte are newcomers who had never been elected to public office.
As challengers to the incumbents, Hayes and Duarte said they could bring a fresh perspective to the decision-making process and help improve the district's spending.
Hayes said he was the only candidate who was committed to making sure that "pay for performance" bonuses never happen again in the district. He said the program creates a conflict of interest and that management bonuses were a huge distraction for the organization.
Hayes also advocated for term limits on the district board -- term limits don't currently exist -- as well as for a start to televising board meetings.
Incumbent Howard said if re-elected, he wanted to expand the use of recycled water throughout the Tri-Valley.
He also said during his campaign that he wanted to increase cooperation and integration of water and wastewater utilities within the area.
Halket, also an
Halket is the current president of the board.