(Santa Ana, CA) - Three members of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Board of Trustees were re-elected after Tuesday’s midterm vote. Board Members John Hanna, Lawrence “Larry” Labrado and Phillip Yarbrough will begin serving new four-year terms immediately.
Trustee John Hanna reclaimed his Area 2 seat without opposition. Hanna was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and has served as an elected member for the past 19 years. He serves as chairperson of the Board Legislative Committee and member of the Board Policy Committee. An attorney, he serves as the Government Affairs Director/Special Counsel for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. He is currently a member of the Community College League of California Advisory Committee on Legislation and was recently appointed to the Metropolitan Water District’s Blue Ribbon Committee. This will be Hanna’s sixth term on the Board.
Trustee Labrado received 54.1 percent of the votes in Area 4 to reclaim his seat against challenger John Ortega. Originally appointed to fill a vacancy in 1994, Labrado has served RSCCD for 24 years and is the current chairperson of the Board Facilities Committee. He is a member of the American GI Forum, director of the American GI Educational Foundation and is devoted to advancing the education of local youth and Latino children and adults. This will be Labrado’s seventh term.
Trustee Yarborough, who currently serves as RSCCD Board of Trustees Vice President, received 63.9 percent of the vote, beating challenger Diane Singer for the Area 6 seat. Having held his seat on the board since 1996, Yarborough currently serves as the chairperson of the Board Fiscal/Audit Committee and as a member of the Board Safety & Security Committee. Additionally, Yarborough represents the California Community Colleges by sitting on the County of Orange Redevelopment Oversight Agency board. He is a contributing writer for the Orange County Register and the owner of Nations Financial Mortgage Corporation and Pacific Estates and Investments. This will be his seventh term.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.