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Guest Letter

Will O’Neill

Mayor, City of Newport Beach

I endorse Brad Avery because of his quiet leadership on Council

Will O'Neill

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Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill

Serving as Mayor of Newport Beach truly is the honor of a lifetime. This year has been without the pageantry that normally accompanies a Mayoral year. It has, in fact, been one of the toughest years in our city’s history. But as crises grew, I knew without question that I could rely on the steady and honorable leadership of Mayor Pro Tem Brad Avery.

I offered my endorsement to Brad for his re-election bid before he asked. It’s not because he and I see eye-to-eye on everything. There have, in fact, been a number of meetings in the past four years where we voted differently. 

I knew, though, that every vote Brad casts has been carefully considered. That his vote was based fully on what he thought was best for Newport Beach. That his heart for our city rings true and his humility avoids the flash that admittedly does help during elections.

For those who care about longevity in our city, he graduated from Newport Harbor High School and has served our community for approximately five decades.

For those who care about longevity of service, he has been Chair of the city’s Harbor Commission, Council member since 2016, a member of the Board of Advocates at OASIS Senior Center, and a member of the Board of Governors at Sherman Library and Gardens.

For those who care about expertise, there simply aren’t many people in our city with more experience and knowledge about our Harbor – the jewel of our city – than Brad Avery. He recently retired as Director of the Orange Coast College Sailing Center and is regularly out in the Harbor recreationally and professionally. 

Serving with Brad is to know someone who is a genuinely decent and honest person. I encourage you to join me in voting for Brad Avery for re-election to the Newport Beach City Council.

Mayor Will O’Neill

City of Newport Beach