Major election issues are budget cuts, quantity and quality of services, quality of leadership and the college's image
Areas served: Paramount, Compton, Willowbrook and Lynwood
On the ballot: Three candidates, including one incumbent, in Area 1 covering Compton; two candidates, including one incumbent, in Area 3 covering Lynwood; and five candidates in Area 4 covering Paramount
AREA 1 INCUMBENT
Board member since 1975
Profession: elementary school teacher
Remarks: "I think I should stay on the board because under my leadership the college survived its budget crunch and we were able to raise our curriculum standards."
AREA 1 CHALLENGERS
Profession: employment representative, state Employment Development Department.
Remarks: "I want to promote vocational training. We are in an era now when the emphasis is placed on vocational training rather than on any degree."
Profession: owner of landscaping and security businesses
Remarks: " I don't look at myself as a politician, but a concerned citizen recognizing that we need some changes."
AREA 3 INCUMBENT
Board member since 1983
Profession: superintendent, Ravenswood school district, East Palo Alto.
Remarks: "I'm the most knowledgeable person on the board. My background is such that I can provide greater scrutiny."
AREA 3 CHALLENGER
Profession: county probation officer
Remarks: " Because of the demographics that the college has encountered--the African-American population that came into the college after the '60s and, more recently, the Hispanic population--we're looking at a serious need to expand the curriculum.
AREA 4 CANDIDATES
Profession: sales manager, computer supply company
Remarks: " Compton College doesn't get its fair share of representation and attention within our community. It needs a very strong trustee to represent Paramount."
Profession: resource specialist, Paramount Unified School District
Remarks: "I've been in education all my life. . I want to try to make some changes, to provide more services to our kids and our community."
Remarks: She favors updated classifications for classified employees "so that their salaries could be comparable to surrounding community college districts."
Profession: aide to Rep. Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton)
Remarks: " "With all the budget changes going on, it's important that there be a representative from an age group that can relate to the majority of people who use the community college."
Note: Candidate Herbert Collins, whose name will be on the ballot, has withdrawn from the race.