Here's some good news for Newport-Mesa voters: This fall a choice of candidates for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of trustees will be available.
With just a day left until the filing deadline, all but one of the districts up for election appear to be fielding competitive races. In District 2 in Costa Mesa, where board member Linda Sneen is not running for reelection, two hopefuls, Kimberly Clark and Terrence Smith, plan to run. In the Corona del Mar's District 4, board member Serene Stokes faces one opponent, Karen Yelsey. Incumbent Judy Franco, whose District 5 includes the Balboa Peninsula, faces three challengers: Sandy Asper, Loretta Zimmerman and Jack Price. The lone race right now without any competition has just that: no competition. Trustee Tom Egan from the Westside's District 7 announced this week that he was joining Sneen in not running for another term, and no one yet has decided to run to fill the open spot.