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Few surprises for CLWA election

Posted: November 4, 2008 10:20 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2009 5:00 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley residents overwhelmingly returned sitting board members to the Castaic Lake Water Agency during Tuesday's election, early returns indicated.

With up to 42 percent of the precincts reporting, Bill Cooper won the at-large seat; Ronald "R.J." Kelly took the seat in Division 1, E.G. "Jerry" Gladbach will continue representing Division 2, and William Pecsi reclaimed the Divison 3 seat on the water district's board of directors.

Each of the previous seat-holders faced a single challenger, while Cooper faced two for the at-large seat.

The Castaic Lake Water District supplies about half of the water consumed in the Santa Clarita Valley. It wholesales State Water Project water to the retail water districts, which also sell well water to their customers.

The agency has a mandate to provide Santa Clarita Valley residents with a steady supply of fresh clean drinking water.

Early returns had Kelly winning the seat representing the Santa Clarita Water Division.

He is not technically an incumbent, as he was appointed to the board five years ago and this year ran for election in Division One.

Eleda Luther was the only person who ran against him.

Cooper ran to fill the seat vacated by Kelly in the "board of directors at large" race.

Gladbach is a prominent figure at the Association of California Water Agencies, and Pecsi is longtime manager at the Metropolitan Water District responsible for issues involving water conveyance.

People who ran against the incumbents included: retired peace officer David P. Martuscello, of Newhall, who ran against Gladbach in Division Two; Saugus small business owner and Signal columnist Leigh D. Hart, who went up against Pecsi in Division Three; and two people also competed for the at-large seat, David V. Clark, of Stevenson Ranch and Gary J. Lysik, a chief financial officer from Canyon Country.


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