Campaigns for two contested seats on the Newport-Mesa Unified Board of Education are intensifying in the final month before voters go to the polls.
Michael Collier, 55, the incumbent for Trustee Area 2 seat, is running against Katrina Foley, 43, a Costa Mesa city councilwoman, in the Nov. 2 election.
Judy Franco, 73, with nearly three decades on the board, will face Loretta Zimmerman, 58, a former administrator for the city of San Juan Capistrano, in Trustee Area 5
Collier has said that as an incumbent he wants to keep doing what he's been doing: helping to raise students' test scores and erase the negative image of some of Costa Mesa's Westside schools, which he characterized as "unfair," given the changes of leadership that have occurred there in the past two years.
Foley, who if she wins might have to leave the City Council mid-term, said she'd like to concentrate on bringing more technology into the classroom while making sure the school board is more "transparent."