Two former planning commissioners will face off in the race for the Newport Beach City Council seat for District 6.
Scott Peotter, who served on the commission from 2006 to 2010, announced his bid Tuesday for the seat, which is currently held by Nancy Gardner.
He will face Michael Toerge, who served on the Planning Commission for more than 10 years.
The way the city spends its funds should be changed, according to Peotter, who pointed to the new Civic Center as symbolic of an irresponsible council.
Even during the recession, the city budget grew when it should have tightened, asserted Peotter, an architect.
"We have some of the highest fees in Orange County and have amassed a budget surplus that indicates the city government charges far too much for the services it provides," he said in a prepared statement.
In addition to city spending, unfunded pension liability and long-term debt will remain a focus of Peotter's campaign, according to a news release.