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North Orange County Community College District Candidates

October 28, 1998


(one seat)

Otto J. Lacayo

Age: 63

Occupation: Corporate executive, incumbent

Background: Served on board since 1985; former mayor of Cypress and council member for 16 years; helped form Friends of the Cultural Arts and Friends of Parks and Recreation; Cypress resident since 1967

Issues: Maintain a sufficient reserve fund; continue to enhance programs and curriculum; keep focus on students through well-managed facilities


Villanueva Mabutas

Age: 63

Occupation: College instructor, Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana campus

Background: Bachelor's degree in education, Immaculate Heart of Mary College (Philippines); master's degree in education and PhD in education, Manuel L. Quezon University (Philippines); president, Rancho Santiago College Continuing Education Faculty Assn.; board member, Orange County Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages; member, Orange County Filipino American Chamber of Commerce; member, Midway Chamber of Commerce; Garden Grove resident for 12 years

Issues: Protect interest and welfare of students, parents, teachers and school support staff; support strong academic, vocational and technological programs; advocate for services needed by a diverse socioeconomic student population


(one seat)

Robert Beardsley

Age: 50

Occupation: Director of organization development, Experian, North America

Background: Bachelor's degree in business communication, Cal State Fullerton; master's degree in education administration, Redlands University; created and directed Placentia/Yorba Linda YMCA; co-founded the Southern California Environmental Education and Leadership Foundation;Yorba Linda resident since 1978

Issues: Stress heightened district cooperation on all levels; continue to fund district's ongoing infrastructure maintenance; offer students quality education by maintaining competent staff and teachers

Barry J. Wishart

Age: 56

Occupation: Attorney, incumbent

Background: Served on board since 1985; bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Brigham Young University; PhD in political philosophy and government, Claremont Graduate School; law degree, Western State University; author; Boy Scout master; Yorba Linda resident since 1973

Issues: Commit a larger portion of budget to instructional program; open greater access of college to students; limit what he sees as growing control of unions over the budget and allocation of money so that funds go to the students first

Source: Individual candidates; Researched by CHRISTINE CASTRO / For The Times

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