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Jim Shilander

While San Clemente voters will not be a part of the three Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees races, sections of both Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano will have an opportunity to vote for board members, which could potentially tip the balance on the governing body.

CUSD voters only vote in the district in which they reside, rather than in all seven districts, as has been the case since 2010.

Voters in District 4, which contains Dana Hills High School but is largely located in Laguna Niguel, will choose between two candidates.

Incumbent Anna Bryson is not seeking another term.

The candidates are Craig Alexander, a small business owner and member of the Orange County Assessment Appeal Board, and Martha McNicholas, a small business owner and a former director of the CUSD Foundation.

In District 6, which contains a portion of San Juan Capistrano, incumbent Ellen Addonizio faces San Juan Capistrano resident Gila Jones. Addonizio, a certified public accountant, is the “A” in the “ABC” trustees originally elected in the recall election of 2006 and is a resident of Mission Viejo. Bryson was the “B” and Larry Christensen the “C” in the slate.

Jones is a former candidate for State Senate District 38 and has served on the San Juan’s now defunct Housing Advisory Committee.

In District 7, which includes portions of Mission Viejo, current board vice president Lynn Hatton-Hodson faces Julie Collier, president of the Parents Advocate League, an advocacy group for school choice.

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