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Update: Candidates Enter Newport City Council Race

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry, Councilman Ed Selich and resident Tony Petros pull papers to enter the race for the Newport Beach City Council.

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry, Councilman Ed Selich and resident Tony Petros pulled papers Monday to run for the Newport Beach City Council in November.

In a released statement, Curry said he pulled papers Monday to run for reelection in Newport Coast's District 7 race. He says he has received about $50,000 for his campaign from more than 140 financial contributors.

"The response has been overwhelming. I am honored to have received the endorsements of over 150 state and local elected officials, former mayors, taxpayer advocates, business and community leaders," Curry said. 

Curry was appointed to the Newport Beach City Council in 2006 and served as mayor in 2010.  He also serves as Chairman of the Orange County Parks Commission and is the director of the Center for Public Policy and visiting professor at Concordia University. 

Along with District 7, the Newport Beach City Council has two other open seats in November for Districts 2 & 5.  Selich plans to run for reelection in District 5. He has served on the City Council for more than seven years and two terms as mayor. He has been a resident since 1979 and has also served as chairman of the Newport Beach Planning Commission for three terms.

Petros will be running for the District 2 seat. With the community's support Petros says he will, "continue the prudent, conservative fiscal management of the city. Reduce taxpayer obligation to pensions and resolve our employee compensation issues. Complete the negotiations on John Wayne Airport and maintain the curfew."

He says he will also prudently invest in long range capital planning for streets, sidewalks, waterfront, bay and marinas.

Petros is a partner in a local engineering firm. He is involved in several community groups including the city’s Bicycle Safety Committee, the West Newport Revitalization Committee and the West Newport Beach Association.

City officials say candidates have until 5 p.m. on Aug. 10 to pull and return candidate papers for the open seats.

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