Amy Hanacek. Courtesy photo

Hancek wins Trustee Area 1 School Board seat

By Andrea Swayne

Amy Hanacek outpaced Karin Schnell to win the seat representing Trustee Area 1 on the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees finishing well ahead with 9,448 votes (67.7 percent) to Schnell’s 4,504 votes (32.3 percent).

Trustee Area 1 covers a majority of Dana Point, including Capistrano Beach, as well as portions of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano and was the only CUSD race on the ballot for Dana Point voters.

Hanacek said winning the election was both great and humbling, and gave much credit to her supporters, friends and family, referring to their assistance “amazing.”

She also had kind words for her opponent, who she said shared her reasons for running—a genuine interest in supporting public schools and focusing on providing students with a solid education.

“Karin is a gracious individual and a proponent of public schools. We were both able to conduct campaigns focused on quality education for the students. It was respectful and positive,” Hanacek said. “I love this school district and will work to make sure the dollars follow the students…I want to ensure stability for our teachers and our children, so that both may thrive under a stable environment. It’s important (as a board member) to not be disruptive.”

Hanacek, and other newly elected board members, will be sworn in December 10.

Jack R. Brick currently represents Dana Point in Trustee Area 1 but is not running for reelection. Brick was elected to the board in 2008 to a term ending in 2012. His decision not to seek reelection opened the second seat in Area 1.

Part of the city, along with Laguna Niguel, also lies within Trustee Area 4, but there were no seats open in this election.

Dana Point is also represented on the board by current Area 4 trustee, Anna Bryson who was first elected in 2006 and reelected in 2010 to a term that will end in 2014.

-Brian Park contributed to this article.



Completed Precincts: 41 of 41

Vote count, percentage


AMY HANACEK     9,600   67.7%

KARIN SCHNELL   4,579   32.3%



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