By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
Two candidates are vying for the Division 5 director's seat on the Calaveras County Water District board of directors.
Jeff Davidson, the incumbent, and Ivor E. Powell are both seeking the Division 5 seat. Division 5 includes the communities of Jenny Lind and Milton.
Davidson, 43, of Valley Springs, is the board president. This is his first term.
Born in Illinois, Davidson grew up in Livermore and moved to Calaveras County 15 years ago from Stockton. He is a building contractor.
He said CCWD was in chaos when he was elected.
"Huge legal costs caused by weak management, a dysfunctional board and questionable legal advice resulted in losing the public's trust," he said in his candidate's statement.
Davidson said he wants to be re-elected because "Now there's a future to plan for."
He said the board and new management team have "put out all the fires, and we're focusing on planning now. There hasn't been anything significant done with water resources, which are abundant here, in 30 years.
Powell moved to Valley Springs from Discovery Bay in 2000. A retired printer, Powell's candidate's statement lists 15 years of experience with water and wastewater management in Contra Costa County.
As a member of the Sanitary District 15 Citizens Advisory Commission, established by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Powell worked with Oakley and Bethel Island Waste Water Management Authority to create a gravity and forced-main wastewater system from Bethel Island to Oakley.
At 74, Powell said he expected to move to Calaveras County with his wife and enjoy retirement, but said several people from Division 5 approached him and asked him to run for a position on the CCWD board.
"If I didn't have the qualifications and experience, I wouldn't run," he said. He also said he has attended board meetings and has been dismayed by what he's observed.
"I'd like to see the board meetings more friendly to the public," he said. "I think (the board members) have gotten too arrogant."
Powell grew up outside London. He and his wife immigrated to Canada in 1957, to the states in 1960 and became citizens in 1966.
The CCWD Division 1 seat, held by Charles Hebrard, is also up for election but because no one is challenging Hebrard, he will automatically remain on the board. Division 1 includes the communities of Mokelumne Hill, San Andreas, Valley Springs and La Contenta.
CCWD Division 5 is one of six consolidated districts holding a mail-in-ballot election Tuesday, Aug. 26. The other five are Circle XX Community Services District, Jenny Lind Fire Department, San Andreas Fire Department, Valley Springs Public Utility and Wallace Community Services District.
All ballots are due in her office by 8 p.m. Aug. 26 to be counted in the vote.
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