Nearly every Livermore resident and family know Livermore Area Recreation and Park District facilities well. Those of voting age this fall will help determine two at-large members for the district's Board of Directors.
One seat is guaranteed to change hands, with current Director Beth Wilson opting not to seek re-election.
To effectively guide the district through an important and difficult period amid the pandemic and economic downturn, we urge Livermore voters to recognize the value of relevant experience and elect incumbent Jan Palajac and newcomer Stacey Swanson.
Palajac's record on the board thus far makes her a clear choice for re-election. In her first term, she's provided good insights on park and trail projects and budget decisions, and she's served as effective board chair in tough conditions so far this year. We also appreciate her other priorities such as trail connectivity and accessibility, as well as her background as a former city landscape architect in San Jose.
Of the four challengers on the ballot, likely fighting it out just for Wilson's seat, Swanson stands above the rest. A retiree from marketing, Swanson played a very significant, very public role in the effort to preserve the old Springtown Golf Course site several years ago. During that time and after, she cultivated working relationships with LARPD, the city and regional agencies. She has the community connections, background and local knowledge to lead from day one.
We commend the three other Livermore residents who put themselves out there for election to this highly valued local agency (James Boswell, Mike Ralph and Richard Tarbell), but they don't offer the same levels of relevant community experience that Swanson possesses as the standout newcomer.
Vote for Jan Palajac and Stacey Swanson for LARPD Board of Directors.