Five candidates seek to fill EBMUD Ward 2 seat

Interviews scheduled for afternoon of April 9, 2024 

OAKLAND – The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) announces that five candidates have applied to fill the Ward 2 seat vacated by John Coleman, who announced his resignation earlier this year.

Ward 2 includes Alamo, Lafayette, the Town of Danville, the communities of Blackhawk and Diablo, and portions of Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Coleman stepped down from his seat in March after 33 years of service and with two years remaining in his term.

EBMUD’s seven-member board governs the not-for-profit public agency, which provides drinking water to 1.4 million and wastewater services to 740,000 customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Applicants include Kurt Arends, Director of Operations and Maintenance at Alameda County Water District; James Cervantes, chair of the California Housing Finance Agency; Bill Clarkson, president and chief executive officer of a real estate firm; Luz Gómez, chair of the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission; and Mariah Lauritzen, president of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board of Directors.

On Tuesday, April 9, starting at 4 p.m., the Board of Directors will interview the five candidates in the EBMUD Administration Building Boardroom, 375 11th Street in Oakland. The meeting will be live-streamed. Members of the public are invited to comment via Zoom or in-person.

The Board is scheduled to select an appointee following the April 9 interviews. The appointee will hold the Ward 2 seat until the next general election in November 2024. At that time, the election winner will serve the remainder of the term through December 31, 2026.