By Post Staff
Margaret Gordon, former Port of Oakland Commissioner and long-time West Oakland air quality activist, announced this week she is running for the District 7 seat on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) board.
The district, which includes parts of Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco, is represented by San Francisco resident Lynette Sweet, who has held the position since 2003.
Gordon announced her candidacy Monday at a press conference, standing with some of her supporters in front of the West Oakland BART station.
“We need real change and accountability in planning. We need BART to create more participation of communities that have so often been ignored,” she said.
“BART needs to involve youth, hire local people and contribute to economic development in our communities,” Gordon said.
Gordon, co-founder of the nonprofit West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, received a $100,000 “Purpose Award” in 2010, presented by Civic Ventures for her work to clean up industrial pollution in West Oakland, which has caused chronic diseases, such as asthma, to skyrocket.
She served as a member of the Commission of the Port of Oakland from 2007 until this year. Gordon was the first resident of West Oakland, where the port is located, to serve on the commission and made history as one of the few community activists to ever sit on a port commission anywhere in the country.
Speaking of the incumbent, Gordon said, “ I think she has done a job, but we need more done.”
Lynette Sweet currently serves as chairperson of BART’s Finance, Budget and Internal Audit Committee and is a member of several of the board committees.
She was appointed to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission in 1996 and was elected its chairperson in 1998.
Sweet has a 22-year banking career that includes serving an officer of Crocker Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Barclays Bank, Bank of America and Union Bank of California. While working as the Vice President and Manager of Union Bank of California in Bayview Hunters Point, she became very active in community related causes.
Sweet is a native of San Francisco and has a degree from UC Berkeley.