Voters in Newport Beach on Tuesday appeared poised to choose the familiar: the insider over the outsider; the incumbent over the challenger; and yes to a package of laws blessed by the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce.
If trends seen in early returns hold, it looks as if Rush Hill will beat Ed Reno for the District 3 City Council seat, Leslie Daigle will beat Mark Tabbert for the District 4 seat, and the Measure V package of charter reforms will pass.
Hill, an architect and longtime actor in civic affairs, was leading Reno by a wide margin at 10:30 p.m.
District 3 represents Dover Shores and Mariner's Mile.
This contest for the termed-out Councilman Don Webb's seat was the most heated race in Newport and drew attention from wider political circles. The Republican Party supported Reno, a lobbyist with strong political ties. Public employee pension reform was the GOP's main issue.