The Nov. 3 election will decide four seats on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. The open seats are in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Capistrano Beach, parts of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano
Peter J. Espinosa
Occupation: Saddleback College professor and counselor.
Background: South Orange County Community Service Council board member; involved with Las Palmas Model School PTA.
Priorities: Promote efficient fiscal management; encourage shared decision making between parents, schools and district officials; maintain basic academic programs, including those that foster cooperative learning; fight to equalize state education funding.
E. G. (Ted) Kopp
Occupation: Incumbent; general contractor.
Background: First elected to Board of Trustees in 1975; former president of Dana Point Civic Assn.; former president South Coast Medical Center Advisory Board; former district chairman of Boy Scouts of America; longtime Rotary Club member.
Priorities: Fight for equalization of state education funds; fight for state funds to continue building new schools; prevent user fees and keep education free for all.
J. Michael Sedillo
Occupation: Business owner; cabinet contractor.
Background: Co-leader of Friends of the Orphanage; co-leader of Blended Family Outreach, a support group for families with stepchildren.
Priorities: Cut administrative costs and put more money into classrooms; emphasize basic academic programs, not experimental social programs; give parents greater role in decisions; remove responsibilities for social services from the school district.
Most of San Juan Capistrano, parts of Mission Viejo
Occupation: Incumbent; businesswoman.
Background: San Juan Task Force board member; South Orange County Leadership Conference board member; former chairwoman of San Juan Citizens For Open Space.
Priorities: Encourage closer partnership between schools, parents and businesses; support school-based management; maintain quality academic programs in tough economic times; fight for equalization of state education funds.
Occupation: Public school teacher in Tustin Unified School District; property investment.
Background: Former football coach at Tustin High School; involved in various youth and adult athletic groups.
Priorities: Make needs of teachers a priority; increase funds for classrooms and teachers; create programs to deal with culturally diverse students and build appreciation of American traditions; fight to make education funding the top state priority.
Most of San Clemente
Occupation: Landscaping/ construction business owner.
Background: Involved in Special Olympics, Little League and Girl Scouts.
Priorities: Foster greater parental involvement; reduce classroom sizes; work to curtail gang activity; better utilize student board representatives in decision-making process.
Mildred Daley Pagelow
Occupation: Cal State Fullerton sociology professor; writer.
Background: Board member with Women's Transitional Living Center; consultant to California Commission on Crime Control and Violence Prevention; former vice president of Orange County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Priorities: Fight to equalize state education funding; maintain basic academic program in tough times and ensure that education remains free and available to all students; increase partnership between school, business and professional leaders.
A. Edward Westberg
Occupation: Incumbent; dentist.
Background: First elected to Board of Trustees in 1972.
Priorities: Fight for equalization of state education funds; pursue implementation of Capistrano 2000 long-range strategic plan; expand use of technology in the classroom; give parents the ability to choose any school within the district for their children.
Parts of Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo
Occupation: Orange County PTA president; retired high school teacher.
Background: South Coast YMCA board member; past president of Laguna Niguel Woman's Club; Saddleback Women's Hospital board member; American Youth Soccer Organization board member; member of California State PTA board of managers; past president of Crown Valley PTA and districtwide PTA.
Priorities: Fight for adequate and timely state funding for schools; fight for equalization of state education funds; develop new and extensive vocational education programs; pursue implementation of Capistrano 2000 long-range strategic plan.
Dustin D. Etheredge
Occupation: Insurance; retirement planning.
Background: Involved in Republican, conservative organizations.
Priorities: Reduce classroom sizes; emphasize basic academics; give parents more control in how schools are managed; fight for equalization of state education funding.