Capo Unified Election Results: Alpay, Pritchard, Reardon, Hanacek Win

Three teacher favorites will be joined by CUSD critic Jim Reardon.

Incumbents John Alpay and Gary Pritchard will join newcomers Jim Reardon and Amy Hanacek on the Capistrano Unified school board, according to unofficial election results early Wednesday morning.

In the end, the voting patterns of the school board are not likely to change. The board often votes 5-2, especially on fiscal matters. Reardon, a regular critic of the board, takes the place of retiring Sue Palazzo, a frequent member of the minority vote.

Hanacek, the other newcomer, is expected to vote in step with Alpay and Pritchard. All three were endorsed by the teachers' union.

This year was the first time voters could not vote at large for each seat up for grabs but could cast a vote only for the candidates running in their area. The school district is divided into seven trustee areas, so voters in some areas, such as Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Niguel and parts of San Juan Capistrano could not vote this time around.

Here’s how the races broke down:

Trustee Area No. 1– Dana Point, Capo Beach, San Juan Capistrano

When Trustee Jack Brick decided to hang it up, he opened the seat for two challengers, Hanacek and independent Karin Schnell. With 41 of 41 precincts reporting, here's how the race concluded:

AMY HANACEK 9,448 67.7% KARIN SCHNELL 4,504 32.3%

Trustee Area No. 2 – Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano

This seat was redistricted earlier this year to have no incumbent. Three candidates were vying for it, but only two, McCormick and Reardon, put money into the effort. (Candidate Michele Taylor-Bible dropped out of the race last month, but her name still appeared on the ballot.)

With all 33 precints reporting, Reardon finished with just about the same lead he had at the first of the evening's reporting.


Reardon came out of the gate with 50 percent of the votes tallied, which he took as a positve sign.

"I'm happy with the margin. That's a difficult margin to overcome," he said before the third wave of results.

Reardon specifically targeted his campaign toward absentee voters and Republicans.

He said despite the obvious differences, he's ready to work with the new board. 

"I can work with anyone," Reardon said.

Trustee Area No. 3 – San Clemente

Alpay was elected in 2010 to fulfill the term left when voters recalled Mike Winsten. His only serious challenger, Steve Lang, self-financed his campaign. Yolanda McNamara did not actively campaign.

With all 37 precints reporting, the results showed Alpay holding his lead throughout the evening.

JOHN ALPAY 8,000 48.2% STEVE R. LANG 7,023 42.4% YOLANDA MCNAMARA 1,558 9.4%

Trustee Area No. 5 – Aliso Viejo

Pritchard was also elected to serve out a term vacated when Ken Lopez Maddox was recalled in 2010. He faced one challenger in Bill Perkins.

With all 31 precints reporting, Pritchard led early and never let go.


randy November 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
FC - you said "economy increases" in CA. Do you have any facts to support your statement. I think CA is still spending more than revenues. No?
randy November 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Agree. Keep up Penny!
Denise Krane November 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What a world of limited possibilities you exist in, fact botcher. There are more than the 2 choices you have listed available to Mr. Reardon. For example, he can vote for what's best for his constituents. And how interesting that your concern is not whether prop 30 will help resolve problems in the district (I suspect it won't) but who will get credit if the situation improves. I wouldn't think that Reardon's presence on the board will diminish his interest in the Brown Act. Rather, it will make the case simpler to prove when a violation occurs. Given that, it is interesting to consider how many violations are likely occurring with the current BoT at this very moment.
Alberto Barrera November 07, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Finally! You were getting to be almost as annoying as the fake Sharon Y
PDub November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
kids first you are a disgrace...listen to how you talk...like some school yard bully....what a joke.. the ilk you represented by using children is shameful and deceitful....there' a warm place for your kind.....do us all favor and while you are deleting the app, delete yourself from the area.....its not over...your kind will come down hard...you can only deceive and lie for so long before you trip up...... ....BUHBYE


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