Several candidates filed papers recently for the open city council seats in the upcoming 2014 election.
Joseph Stapleton for district one, Michael Toerge for district six, and Timothy Brown and Roy Englebrecht both vying for district four.
Council members Mike Henn (district one), Nancy Gardner (six) and Leslie Daigle (four), have all termed out. Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill’s seat is also up for election.
Both Brown and Englebrecht released statements on the intent to run.
Brown is a 28-year resident and the chairman of the board of directors for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
“My only interest in pursuing this seat is to give the residents of Newport Beach the opportunity to elect someone who will continue to provide responsible leadership by listening carefully to residents on all issues of their concern while working with the council to build consensus on decisions that serve the broader interests of all who value the quality of life that is afforded to us here in Newport Beach,” Brown said in the statement. “I have no other agenda.”
He has been preparing himself for this role for many years, he explained, by serving on a number of boards, committees and volunteering for community events.
He currently sits on the city’s Planning Commission, serves as the chairman of the Lobsterfest Foundation and is a member of the Commodores Club.
Brown is also past president of the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, former member of the Parks Beaches and Recreation Commission, served on the City Hall site ad hoc Finance Committee, and planning committees for both the Corona del Mar and the Newport Beach centennials, as well as many others.
“I believe that I have gained both experience and familiarity with a very broad spectrum of residents and small business owners in Newport Beach,” Brown said in the statement. “With this experience I have been able to develop a unique perspective on what is important to the people who live and work in this great city.”
Englebrecht is a longtime local businessman and owner/CEO of Roy Englebrecht Promotions/Fight Club OC.
The Harbor Cove resident said he was “extremely disappointed and frustrated” with how the city handled the fire ring issue. He attended the July 12 Air Quality Management District meeting in Diamond Bar, according to the press release. After listening to the debate, discussion and vote, Englebrecht said he realized how “inadequately” the NB city council had handled the issue, and that the residents were not being properly served.
“I want to guarantee the citizens of Newport Beach that any issue that comes before the city council is never again handled this way by their elected officials, so I am announcing my candidacy for a Newport Beach City Council seat,” Englebrecht said in the statement.“If I am elected to the city council in November of 2014, never again will there be a city issue voted upon that is not fully discussed by the council and alternatives presented.”
He currently serves on the city’s Park, Beaches, and Recreation Commission and has attended Mariner’s Church in Irvine for 30 years. He has been married for 43 years to Nancy Englebrecht a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, and his two children Allison and Drew, graduated from Corona del Mar High School.
For more information visit newportbeachca.gov.
For details on the campaign for each candidate visit tcbrown.info and royefornbcouncil.com.