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Capo Trustee Seat Attracts 3 Suitors

Another candidate has come forward in the area which represents San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and Coto de Caza.

A third candidate has entered the race for the trustee seat which represents parts of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and Coto de Caza.

Don Franklin Richardson declared and filed for his candidacy Tuesday for Trustee Area 2. .

Richardson identifies himself as a public school teacher on the Orange County Registrar of Voters website. He does not appear to work for Capistrano Unified, as his name is not on a complete list of teachers Patch obtained in April.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Richardson ran for CUSD’s governing board in 1996 as part of a "back-to-basics" platform demanding a return to traditional math and phonics. “Like a number of candidates running this year, Richardson had advocated teaching creationism in public schools.”

The Capistrano Dispatch reported that Richardson considered a run in 2008. For a day.

Don Richardson, a public school teacher of 41 years, was set to challenge Brick for Darnold’s spot on the dais, but dropped out of the race after the August 11 meeting. “I went to that school board meeting Monday night, and I thought, ‘This is out of control—the animosity, the accusations,’” Richardson said. He said he thought he would have support from conservatives and Christians, as well as from fellow teachers, and that those who urged him to run believed he could unite both sides. “I thought, ‘Nobody’s going to do this.’”

Meanwhile, in the other trustee areas, , Trustee John Alpay is the only one who has shown interests in running in San Clemente and no one has pulled papers for Trustee Area No. 1, which includes parts of San Juan Capistrano, Capo Beach and Dana Point.

Earlier this year,  they represent. This November will be first time trustees – who have always had to live within certain areas – will not be elected at large but .

Stay tuned to Patch for more CUSD election updates.

Nom de Plume August 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Thanks, Penny, for digging in to these School Board races and the candidates backgrounds and views. It should be an "interesting" election. I hope in the end that each would-be Trustee remembers that their focus should be on providing a stellar education for our students - not for grandstanding, to make partisan or religious points, or to provide a stepping stone for their political future.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The "digging" hasn't even begun! :-) When I write a who's-pulling-papers story, I just do a quick search to see what comes up. As people file and the campaign really begins, Patch plans to cover the issues in-depth in a variety of ways: Profiles, blogs, Q&As, a Patch-sponsored debate. You'll get a good chance to get to know the candidates.
fact checker August 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
As I understand it, no teacher can sit on the school board of a district that employs them. They can sit on a board of a district where they live if they don't teach there.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I'm pretty sure he's retired, but I'm double checking.
Maurice A. 'Al' Enderle September 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I have known Don Richardson for most of his professional teaching life. Although he retired from the Tustin Unified School District a few years ago he continues to help out as one of the most requested substitute teachers at Tustin High School. He is an honest, moral man who loves to help our youth. Over the years I've run into graduates of Tustin High who tell me how much Mr. Richardson helped them get their lives on track. Al Enderle, Tustin Man of the Year for 2008 and one of the ten outstanding graduates from Tustin High School and thus one of the ten Hall of Fame members.

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