Newcomer Josefowitz wins seat on BART board

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner File PhotoNick Josefowitz was sworn in to office Thursday. He will be the BART director representing San Francisco District 8.

The BART board of directors will have a fresh face in the District 8 seat in the new year after Nick Josefowitz, a clean-energy entrepreneur, unseated 24-year incumbent James Fang in BART Board District 8 on Tuesday.

Fang, 53, whose family is in publishing and once owned The San Francisco Examiner, has spent nearly a quarter century on the board.

Josefowitz campaigned on promises to make BART trains cleaner and improve the efficiency of stations and escalators. The 31-year-old London native who moved to San Francisco about three years ago also pushed for improvements to downtown San Francisco stations instead of expanding the system.

Meanwhile, Fang and his camp had said Josefowitz had no prior experience in transportation, while the incumbent has helped BART reach about a 95 percent on-time performance rate and supported workers during last year's two strikes.

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