NEWPORT BEACH — She's been in the school board seat for nearly 30 years, and she'd like to hold onto it for four more.
But Judy Franco, 73, whose tenure on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education has elicited cries for term limits, may be facing the challenge of her life for her Area 5 seat in November.
Loretta Zimmerman, 58, who garnered 31% of the vote against Franco four years ago, is hoping to ratchet up her popularity with the general voting public and defeat Franco at the polls.
"I think there's time for new blood," Zimmerman said from her Balboa Island home.
"We need somebody who's more in touch with the classroom," Zimmerman added. "My daughter just graduated from Corona del Mar High School, so I know a thing or two on what goes on in the classroom. I know a thing or two about what's needed on a day-to-day basis."