Bill Pease, a former Fremont city councilman, and incumbents Mark Simon and Ray Tetreault appeared headed to victory in the race for Discovery Bay Community Services District.
In the race for two four-year positions, Pease has 39.6 percent of the vote, while Simon has 38 percent. Incumbent Jim Mattison has 22 percent.
In a head-to-head race for a two-year position, Tetreault has 62.8 percent of the vote in early returns, leading challenger Michael Temby, who has 36.9 percent of the vote.
Pease, a retired business owner that started living in town permanently a year-and-a-half ago, is running for the four-year seat because he says he has the time, ability and desire the guide the district.
The former Fremont city councilman from 1996 to 2004 says he believes in contributing to the community and that he can bring a common-sense approach to district decisions.
Pease, 63, says most residents probably don't even realize that the town is raising as much money as it is through bond proceeds for the water improvements.
Discovery Bay must also be more thorough in the hiring process for project contractors, he said.
The main issue for the Discovery Bay district is improving its aging water capacity and distribution system, as it is looking to sell about $14 million in municipal bonds for a new water well and five wastewater projects.
Simon, 62, sought re-election because he wants to continue to lead the district
Simon says his tendency to play devil's advocate and ask questions about "What if everything goes wrong," is a positive for the board.
The added water capacity will also help accommodate the growth the far East Contra Costa community is anticipating once the housing market returns.
The Community Services District is moving forward on plans for a long-awaited community center in the next few years.
Incumbent Tetreault is running for the two-year position because he still has "the fire in the belly" to serve, pointing to his knowledge of the budget and water systems.
Discovery Bay has made a lot of strides in the past four years, Tetreault, 65, said, including contracting with Veolia to manage its water and wastewater system, improving town landscaping, adding recreation amenities and hiring a new general manager,
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