BART board member Franklin to step down for Oakland City Council run 

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BART board member Bob Franklin announced his candidacy for the Oakland City Council Monday, a decision that will end his eight-year tenure on the rail operator’s governing body.

Franklin will be seeking the seat vacated by Jane Brunner, who will step down as the city’s District 1 representative at the end of the year. Franklin said he will hold a press conference next month to outline his platform, but for now he’s focusing on making Oakland “a better, safer and more welcoming city.”

Franklin was a BART employee for seven years before resigning to join the agency’s board of directors in 2004. While he technically could hold two publicly-elected offices at once, he said it would be too confusing and that he wanted to dedicate his focus to Oakland matters. His second term on BART is scheduled to end at the finish of the year.

“I’m taking a chance by running for the Oakland city council,” said Franklin. “Even though I love BART, I think there is a greater opportunity in Oakland.”

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