Five candidates are vying for three open seats in Area 1, and four candidates are vying for a single seat in Area 3, of the Rancho Santiago Community College District election on Nov. 3.
Covers most of Santa Ana
Brian E. Conley
Occupation: Incumbent; chairman of visual arts department at Golden West College.
Background: One four-year term on board; current Santa Ana 2000 member; former member O.C. Community College Legislative Task Force.
Priorities: Ensure quality programs despite decreasing budget; maintain growth and development of Orange campus, foster communication with state officials; keep politics out of board decision-making.
Occupation: Incumbent; math professor.
Background: Trustee since 1979; charter member of Santa Ana 2000 Committee.
Priorities: Maintain fiscal responsibility; avoid layoffs and pay cuts; continue diversifying staff and faculty; improve relations with local cities; encourage at-risk high school and community college students to eventually enroll in four-year colleges.
John M. Raya
Occupation: Incumbent; general manager for a construction company.
Background: Appointed to board in 1991; former Santa Ana Redevelopment Housing Advisory Commission member for five years; former redevelopment commissioner for Santa Ana for 1 1/2 years; former Education Element Task Force member.
Priorities: Maintain a balanced budget and improve efficiency of spending; boost retraining of unemployed workers; continue expansion of Santa Ana and Orange campuses.
Enriqueta L. Ramos
Occupation: Educational development specialist.
Background: Has spent 20 years on California Educational Opportunity Program and Services; Girl Scout Board of Trustees Orange County for five years; doctorate from UC Irvine.
Priorities: Ensure that programs and staff levels are not cut further; develop closer ties with city government; seek funding from private sector as well as state and federal grants; add technology and computer literacy programs.
Ginger L. Cahill
Occupation: Management consultant.
Background: Member of Dale McIntosh Center for the Disabled development council; member of the O.C. World Affairs Council.
Priorities: Make district fiscally responsible by building reserves instead of borrowing money; find other sources of income other than the state; boost retraining for unemployed.
Covers Orange, Villa Park and Anaheim Hills and parts of Garden Grove
Occupation: Incumbent; community volunteer.
Background: Appointed to board in January; 10 years community activist; former president of Orange Park Assn. for three years; former member Orange recreational trails master plan committee.
Priorities: Minimize state budget crisis' impact on students; protect district jobs.
Occupation: Elementary school principal.
Background: Orange library trustee for 12 years; Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California board member for five years; Kiwanis Club member; Orange Sister City Assn. member.
Priorities: End fiscal "mismanagement" of present board; opposes recent reorganization of college which grants each campus more autonomy; wants balanced budget that puts students first.
Occupation: Computer programmer.
Background: Bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Hawaii; master's degree in computer science from West Coast University in California.
Priorities: Promises to evaluate district problems and issues fairly and impartially.
Occupation: Special deputy U.S. marshal.
Background: Former executive board member of Patrolmen's Benevolent Assn. of New York; arbitrator for the O.C. Bar Assn. and American Arbitration Assn.
Priorities: Find innovative ways to increase district revenue and avoid cuts possibly through donations or raising lab fees on some elective courses; stop "political infighting" on the board.