District 6 (Corona del Mar, Newport Coast)
Incumbent, running unopposed
Name: Nancy Gardner
Birthplace: Newport Beach
How long have you lived in Newport Beach? I was born here, went to school here, went off to college and work, and came back in 1984
Occupation: retired, was in marketing
Education: bachelor's degree from USC; master's degree from UC Irvine
Previously elected or appointed positions: Newport Beach City Council, before that co-chairwoman, General Plan Advisory Committee, member of Coastal/Bay Water Quality Committee
Community organizations you belong to: I stepped off all boards when I was elected to council. Prior to that, I was a member of the steering committee of the Newport Beach chapter of Surfrider, on the board of the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation, and a member of the Orange Coast River Park steering committee.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing Newport Beach right now? Our most immediate issue is the budget. With the economy still sluggish we must keep a sharp eye on expenses. Longer term, John Wayne A is always at the top of the list. Other issues include dredging of the lower bay to insure the viability of the harbor, diversifying water sources to increase the safety of our water supply, dealing with pension costs and resolving lingering group home issues.