Walt Davenport, a former Costa Mesa planning commissioner and longtime member of the city's Chamber of Commerce, is set to join the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's board of trustees at the end of this year.
The husband of a retired Newport-Mesa district teacher, Davenport will replace current trustee Tom Egan, who has served on the board since 2002 and is not seeking reelection. Davenport was the only candidate who filed for Egan's office and emerged as the only contender when the filing deadline passed on Wednesday.
"It's a very good feeling," he said. "I ended up doing it the easy way."
Davenport, 70, has been a Costa Mesa resident for nearly three decades and put both of his children through local schools. He is president and founder of SoPhTec, a water conditioner manufacturer on 17th Street. In addition, he served on the Costa Mesa planning commission for two decades and reads grants for the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.