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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

South Orange County Community College DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico 4

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Jim Leach

Director Community Outreach
95,808 votos (31.4%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Make sure that the District institutions are focused on south OC business community needs so the schools are training for real workforce opportunities and businesses are seeing well-prepared students applying for good jobs.
  • Maintain the balanced budgets of the District and the institutions, plan long-term for growth and infrastructure without new, additional taxes or bonds.
  • Foster a strong emphasis on student success through outstanding faculty, professional administration and timely programs.



Profesión:Community Outreach/Public Affairs Executive
Vice President, Public and Government Affairs/Community Relations, Cox Communications (2001–2011)
Director, Public and Government Affairs, Telecommunications, Inc. (1991–2001)
Adjunct Instructor - Telecommunications Policy, Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, IL (1996–1999)
Diirector, Government Affairs, Warner Cable and Telecommunications (1981–1991)


University of Texas at Austin; George Washington University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Certificate in Political Management, Public Administration, Civics, Economics and Government (2007)

Actividades comunitarias

Board Member/President/Treasurer, Orange County Forum (2002–current)
Board Member/Treasurer, Orange County Taxpayers Association (2003–current)
Chairman of the Board, South Orange County Economic Coalition (2008–2015)
Board Member, South Orange County Regional Chambers of Commerce (2002–2007)
Founding President, Mission Viejo Community Foundation (2004–2007)


I have spent the past 15 years in south Orange County involved in and with the institutions of the South OC Community College District.  My family has ties to the schools.  My eldest daughter, upon moving here with us in 2001, took some basic courses at Saddleback College that she needed to transfer to the University of South Carolina.  She graduated from there and is now finishing a Masters Degree in Public Health at Benedictine University, Chicago.  My son is taking courses in Auto Technology at Saddleback and is looking forward to a career in the automotive industry.  My wife had a successful career in the 70s and 80s in broadcast television.  Here in OC, she took broadcasting and production courses and has now started a successful documentary production company.  

Personally, I've spent the past 8 years on the Saddleback College Foundation where we more than doubeld the number of students receiving scholarships and more than tripled the dollars donated to those scholarships.

I have a deep affection for the institutions of the District.  They are tremendous assets to our south OC communities, businesses and students.  I look forward to doing everything I can to further the mission of these schools and ensure the success of every student who attends.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • South OC Economic Coalition EconPac
  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce ICEPAC
  • Orange County Taxpayers Association OCTaxPAC

Funcionarios electos (13)

  • Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
  • Rancho City Councilman Brad McGirr
  • Lake Forest Mayor ProTem Scott Voigts
  • Lake Forest Mayor Andrew Hamilton
  • Assemblymember Don Wagner
  • Tustin Mayor ProTem Allan Bernstein
  • Irvine Mayor Steven Choi
  • Mission Viejo Mayor ProTem Wendy Bucknum
  • Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury
  • Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Tony Beall
  • Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey
  • Assemblymember Bill Brough
  • Senator Pat Bates

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Our American system of government is based on reasoned discourse from opposing points of view.  The education of our students--from those beginning their academic or vocational careers to returning veterans to life-long learners--is critical to the long-term health of our business and civic community. It engenders strong feelings and emotions about how to reach educational and workforce goals.  

I believe these often disparate voices deserve to be heard and the ideas considered because it is from this creative tension that progress comes.

I believe in balance in governance.  Right, left, administration, faculty--I believe all want the same things in terms of student success, but have different notions of how to achieve it.  It is critical that those elected are without prejudice to any one philosophy but work to represent the broadest possible spectrum of political and governing philosophy and point of view.  That kind of openness to ideas and perspectives  is what I will bring to the board.

Videos (1)

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