Bill Prestridge, San Clemente
Shame on the Republican Party of Orange County. I have lived in South Orange County for 42 years, and school board candidates for the Capistrano Unified School District have never been endorsed by any political party during an election. Parents, teachers, administrators and the general public have not known the political affiliation of their school board members. School board trustees are elected because they care about public education and children, teachers and administrators of the district, not politics. But, this year, for the first time, the Republican Party of Orange County endorsed three of the candidates running for office. Ironically, only one of their candidates won.
Children First, a nonpartisan organization which truly cares about the welfare of the children in this district and the future of public education in the county, is made up of Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Peace and Freedom members and who knows what other political parties. Three of the four candidates supported by Children First won seats on the school board in the recent election. This shows that the citizens of South Orange County feel it is important to have school board trustees who put education over politics. Again, shame on the Republican Party of Orange County for endorsing school board candidates and polarizing and politicizing a traditionally nonpartisan race.