In all but one case, voters in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa favored incumbents and well-known community leaders over a host of newcomers in elections for City Council and school board, according to final election results released Wednesday.
In the race for Area 2 of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education, voters threw out Trustee Michael B. Collier, an advocate for Westside schools, and ushered in Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley, who took 54.5% of the vote to the incumbent's 45.5%.
Collier was the only incumbent in either Newport Beach or Costa Mesa to lose a seat. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District issued a statement thanking him for his service.
Foley ran for school board on a platform transparency, building better communication among the school district, businesses and parents. She also called for technology skills training and improved athletic facilities.
In Area 5, 30-year incumbent Judy Franco won reelection, taking 59.3% of the vote to challenger Loretta Zimmerman's 40.7%. Franco had called her tenure an asset in times of economic uncertainty, but Zimmerman sought to exploit it as a liability.