Aug. 18--Despite public dissatisfaction last year over two BART strikes and a labor deal that had to be fixed, only two of four transit board members up for re-election this year face challengers.
BART directors Robert Raburn of Oakland and James Fang of San Francisco each have two challengers in their political districts.
Meanwhile, longtime board members Joel Keller of Brentwood and Tom Blalock of Fremont secured another four-year term when no one filed to run against them by the Aug. 8 deadline. Their names will not appear on the ballot.
Raburn, elected in 2010, faces opposition from Lena Tam and Larry Lionel Young Jr. in BART District 4, which includes Alameda and portions of San Leandro and Oakland, including the Fruitvale area.
Fang will run against Nicholas Josefowitz and Flash Gordon in District 8 in northern and western San Francisco, according to San Francisco election officials.
Fang was elected to BART in 1990, making him the longest serving director on the transit board. He is a native San Franciscan and president of Asian Week, an Asian-American publication.
Keller, the former Antioch mayor, and Blalock, a retired Fremont public works director, both have served on the BART board since 1994. The terms of the other five directors on the nine-member board do not expire until 2016.
Last year, BART workers went on strike twice, causing massive traffic jams. The first strike lasted for three days in July and the second for three days in October.
After a new contract was approved, BART said the deal mistakenly included a family leave provision that was too expensive. Negotiations began again, and a final deal was approved by the BART board in January.
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