The good news: The school district will continue to be well served by the respected Franco.
Runner-up: At 29 years, Trustee Roderick H. MacMillian served the second longest on the school board. He retired in 1994, citing the need to reduce stress on his ailing heart. Apparently, it was a good choice. Since then, MacMillian has lived a long and healthy retirement.
No. 5: In fact, incumbency is still quite powerful in Newport-Mesa.
In Newport Beach, incumbency was powerful enough to allow two of the three City Council members up for re-election (Mike Henn and Nancy Gardner) to run unopposed. The third incumbent, Leslie Daigle, received 63% of the vote against a single challenger.
Elsewhere, no incumbents lost but school Trustee Michael Collier, who was up against a popular candidate with higher name recognition, Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley.
The good news: The Newport Beach City Council is running well, so experience will be one of its strengths when the looming budget problems are tackled.
Out of step: Daigle's opponent, Mark Tabbert, campaigned against Measure V, an innocuous bit of bureaucratic housekeeping that was passed by 62% of the voters.
No. 4: Politics make strange bedfellows.
Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Steve Mensinger is known for his conservative views, yet he encouraged and later endorsed Foley's successful run for the Newport-Mesa school board — despite having two years left on her council term. Foley, a moderate Democrat, was also endorsed by the local teachers' union and liberal politicians, including Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana).