UPDATED to add information from the Corona del Mar Residents Association president.
The Nov. 6 election apparently won’t hold much surprise for Newport Beach voters, at least not when it comes to three open City Council seats.
Current Councilmen Ed Selich and Keith Curry, as well as newcomer Tony Petros, all are running unopposed. The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Friday, and city officials confirmed that no opponents filed for any of the three district seats.
Petros, who has been a two-term member of the Newport Beach Bicycle Safety Committee, filed to fill City Councilman Steve Rosansky’s District 2 seat. Rosansky could not run again because of term limits.
City Manager Dave Kiff said in an email that a seat with no incumbent having just one candidate file was “almost unheard of.”
“I am excited and honored to have this historic outcome,” Petros said in a message. “It is a demonstration of Newporters’ general satisfaction with the direction of the City and my year long effort to meet hundreds of my neighbors to deliver my message and vision.”
Selich, who represents District 5 that includes parts of Corona del Mar, said he looks forward to the challenges of another four-year term.
“Newport Beach is fortunate to have a City Council that, although not always agreeing on everything, has formed a common consensus for the direction Newport Beach residents want the City to go in these challenging times,” he said in an email. “A lot has been accomplished during my tenure on the City Council because of great teamwork and camaraderie between the City Council and City Staff. However, there is still a lot to do. I have been on the City Council for 7 productive years now. I will continue to work hard with my colleagues on the City Council to make the next 4 1/2 years equally productive.”
Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry, who represents District 7, which includes Newport Coast, said in an email, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve on the city council for the next four years and I look forward to finishing the important projects currently underway.”
The lack of opponents in the Council races will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association board, President Karen Tringali said in an email.
“Plans for the CdM Resident Association’s Candidate Forum, held in October each election year, are being modified to accommodate the unique situation of an unopposed council race,” she said. “The forum will most likely be a panel discussion on topics unique to Corona del Mar.”
Details about the event will be released later this month, she said.