Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle took the high road in an election year when many others did not. She was unflappable during her reelection campaign. She cares about the environment, realizing that the ocean and bay are her city's greatest assets. But she is also fiscal- and business-minded and is earning a reputation for transparency and accessibility among the press. She's also tougher than early detractors expected.
Judy Franco holds the record for most years served on the school board. The running tally is 30 years, beginning with an 18-month appointment; she was officially elected to the Trustee Area 5 in 1981. The biggest thrill, Franco said, is getting to see the children go from kindergarten to high school — in what amounts to zero to 60 mph. Though told 30 years is long enough by her opponent in November, she coasted to yet another four-year term.