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.


The Lone Wolf November 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
As much as I can't stand Alpay and wish he was gone (if he truly had Yolanda run as a straw player, it worked)....I think the best part of this is now Alpay, Pritchard and Farley have to deal with Reardon (sweet justice). Good luck Capo Unified parents and students (and teachers, you just don't realize that Alpay is not on your side, he is on his own side) you deserve what you voted for!
fact checker November 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Apparently the three "teacher favorites" were the favorites for a lot more people than those they defeated. You might also refer to them as the "voter favorites."
shelly November 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Was there a teacher exit poll?
Kids First! November 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
This also shows again how irrelevant Penny and SJC Patch are to the voters. After all that effort to slant the news and try to influence voters you failed. The County GOP was a big loser too. CUSD will be stronger now. Mr. Reardon will soon learn how much he can or can't do and will need to educate himself on the realities of being on the inside. Reality will be a big eye opener for him. I hope he can come out and explain to people where he was wrong about many things he asserted in the campaign and admit those shortcomings. Carol is a great person and his false attacks against her were disgusting. Patch's i phone app is now being deleted from my phone and my account for comments will be closed.
Adam Townsend November 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Allison, do not name-call. Your comments will be deleted as name calling and foul language violate our terms of use.
cusd mom November 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Kids First! "Patch's i phone app is now being deleted from my phone and my account for comments will be closed." Thank goodness. And while you are at it, make sure you don't create any more misleading websites....lol..... I'm confident Mr. Reardon will be an asset to the board. The idea that he made false attacks against Carol is extremely hypocritical and absurd.
Kids First! November 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
cusd mom I know you had a bad night last night but I am not going to let you have the last word. The websites didn't come from me so you are wrong - again. I do agree with you that Jim will be an asset to the board. At least we won't have any more bogus lawsuits about Brown Act violations that cost CUSD money since he will be part of the decision process and won't be able to sue himself. I am willing to stop the snarky comments if you are? This really is a good chance for all of us to accept the voter's decision and move on right?
randy November 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
KF, that one I don't agree. She has children and every right to publish even if she was right or wrong. She got paid because her participation and time involved for everyone. I personally think what she did pretty much was fair but not perfect. Some thought it was unfair or fair for her to publish blogs. Thanks Penny for digging CUSD info to share facts and help awareness. Attack anyone is wasting time and everyone has difference which is already expected. Moving along and hopefully the best. Also congrats Jim.
Denise Krane November 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
An apt demonstration of your group's desire to dismiss the voters in this area or anyone else with whom they don't agree, Fran. As far as I can see, the only "attack" Reardon made against Carol was that she was part of your group. Apparently that was enough for the voters in area 2. I am looking forward to having another independent and honest trustee on CUSD's board. That is the true minority position.
fact checker November 07, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Penny, You have inside information on how trustees will vote? Why bother to elect anyone if that is true? And you still claim no bias on the part of Patch? Mr. Reardon's job has been made a lot easier with the passage of Prop. 30. How long will it be before he takes credit for solving the crisis this year?
concerned parent November 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I'm thrilled (and somewhat surprised honestly) that Reardon will be on the board--someone who will stand up for kids and put them first. I'm appalled someone with as little integrity as Alpay was reelected, and am saddened that so many voters automatically choose the incumbent. If there's one hope, it's that this new board can't possibly be worse and do more damage than the last, right? I'm hoping Amy Hanacek will turn out to be an independent voice and not as beholden to union interests as the others. Penny, thank you for your extensive coverage of this election and the issues facing CUSD. Some of us--those who are truly independent--do appreciate it. With the Register no longer covering CUSD on a regular basis, thank goodness we have one source of local news about something as important as education of our children.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The Register also discusses voting blocs. The 5-2 votes, especially on financial matters, have been a consistent fact for the last two years. Believe me, if Mr. Reardon starts voting with Pritchard et al, I'll be the first to report it. As for Prop. 30, we'll have an analysis piece on that coming up, but the district still must cut $31 million from next year's budget. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/d-j-vu-for-capo-s-budget-next-year
fact checker November 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The reason for the 5-2 block on financial matters is more a factor of 2 people who would never vote with the other 5. On any matter. Mr. Reardon has two choices. He can vote against the others unilaterally or he can work with them. At least he won't be suing CUSD for the next few years. That will save some of the legal fees. Can that $31 million figure change if revenues increase as the economy increases?
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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