BART Director Joel Keller will not challenge Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, saying he wants to stay around to see through the construction of eBART into east Contra Costa County.
“I helped start eBART a number of years ago and I am going to stay at BART and see it through,” said Keller, a former Antioch mayor who was re-elected to BART in 2010.
eBART is a planned extension of the train system into Antioch and points east.
His decision to stay out of the race may well clear the path for Piepho’s easy re-election to a third term. No other challenger has emerged and while the official filing period doesn’t open until Feb. 13, the clock is ticking to set up a campaign structure and raise money.
Three Contra Costa supervisor seats will be on the ballot in June including Piepho’s slot and that of supervisors Federal Glover and Gayle Uilkema. Glover has one declared challenger, Martinez Councilman Mike Menesini. Uilkema is retiring and two women are vying for her seat — Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and Contra Costa Community College Trustee Tomi Van de Brooke.