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Temporary BART director to be named this week

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The BART board of directors is poised to name a new member to its 11-person governing body Thursday, although the appointment will only be temporary.

The board has been short a director since June 21, when Bob Franklin stepped down to take a full-time job at the transit agency. The board has 90 days to announce a replacement for Franklin, but several members have expressed concern that the new member would have an unfair advantage in the upcoming November election. BART is one of the only transit agencies in the country with a publicly elected board of directors.

With the Aug. 10 filing deadline for the upcoming election now passed, BART can appoint a replacement who will be ineligible for the full-time seat in November. Four candidates have expressed interest in temporarily filling Franklin’s District 3 seat, which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

One of the candidates is Mary King, a former interim general manager at AC Transit. The other candidates are David Meckel, an architect who works for the California College of the Arts; Theresa Nelson, a Rockridge resident active in several local board groups; and Clarence Fischer, a former public employee at the City of Oakland.

The four candidates will have the opportunity to speak to the board during a special meeting Thursday. An appointment will be named following those discussions.

Whomever the board appoints to the position will serve until Dec. 7, when a voter-elected director will take over.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com