A slate of reform candidates appears to be winning four seats on the Rio Linda-Elverta water district, based on election results updated Monday afternoon.
In a district known for its antagonistic politics, the reform candidates called themselves the GLAD team, in part because the first letter in their last names made up that acronym Paul Green Jr., Matt Longo, Duane Anderson and Brent James Dills.
The team name also showed they were committed to change, they said.
In a race for three seats with four-year terms, Anderson, Green and Dills were at least two percentage points ahead of the next-closest contender, with John Ridilla in fourth place.
A former board member, Mary Harris, was next, and an incumbent, Cathy Hood, was in last, further indication that voters are fed up with the status quo at a district that has struggled with political, legal and public health problems over the years.
In the district's other race, Longo is leading incumbent Vivien Spicer Johnson by a 3-to-1 margin. Johnson, who owns a small newspaper in the area, has been at the center of many board skirmishes in the past.
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