Judy Franco, an incumbent of 30 years, held a commanding lead over challenger Loretta Zimmerman in the Newport-Mesa Unified school board race for Trustee Area 5, according to preliminary election returns released late Tuesday evening.
"The budget is going to be our biggest issue," Franco said.
Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley was also ahead of four-year incumbent Michael Collier in her bid for Trustee Area 2.
Foley's attempt to become a school board member has left many wondering whether she will hold two seats simultaneously or give one of them up.
Foley indicated Tuesday night that she was not sure what she would do if she emerged the victor in the school board race, but in the past she pointed out that many politicians hold two seats. Costa Mesa City Councilman Gary Monahan, who also sits on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District board, is one local example.