NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Fred Ameri, who has had an exceptional record of civic involvement over the past several decades in Orange County, recently kicked-off his campaign for Newport Beach City Council’s District 7 seat. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American to serve on the council.
Ameri earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, his Master in Urban Planning and Engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and pursued post-graduate work at the University of California, Irvine. A businessman and entrepreneur, Ameri had a four-decade career at RBF Consulting, a major Infrastructure and project management firm.
A strong believer in public service and civic engagement, Ameri has served the residents of his neighborhood, Newport Beach, and the greater region, in a variety of positions. He is the former Vice Chairman of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Santa Ana Region) and has served on the Newport Beach Planning Commission and Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee. Ameri was also chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, which works to promote a better understanding of the political and socio-economic conditions of other countries.
Ameri, a registered Republican, will be facing be facing Newport Beach Finance Commissioner William O’Neill in the November 2016 election. The seat in question is being vacated by term limited council member Keith Curry. He has been endorsed by a number of community and business leaders throughout the city and county. “Fred is a distinguished civic leader who cares very much for the future of our community,” said council member Curry in September 2015.
“I am running to give back to a community that has been part of my life over the past fifty-five years,” Ameri explained to PAAIA. “I know a lot about the history of Newport Beach and I believe that based on my experience I can be an asset to our city from a pragmatic point of view.” Issues that his campaign has emphasized include traffic mitigation, maintaining and rebuilding Newport Beach’s infrastructure, and balancing Newport Beach’s budget while not raising taxes.
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