Newport Beach leaders back Philip Stemler for NMUSD School Board

Several Newport Beach elected and appointed officials are throwing their support behind Philip Stemler’s candidacy for Newport-Mesa Unified School District School Board for Trustee Area 3.

Upon launching his candidacy, Stemler announced he had received the endorsements of Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill and Newport Beach City Councilmembers Joe Stapleton, Brad Avery, Noah Blom and Lauren Kleiman.

“Philip Stemler will represent our whole community as a NMUSD Trustee because his campaign focuses on the whole family,” Mayor Will O’Neill said. “His strong commitment to transparency and core learning will be welcome and necessary additions to our board.”

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Philip Stemler

Newport-Mesa School Board Trustee Michelle Barto also endorsed Philip Stemler, along with Orange County Board of Education Trustees Mari Barke and Lisa Sparks.

“Philip Stemler attended Eastbluff Elementary, Harbor View Elementary and Corona del Mar High School and is a shining example of the excellence we see from Newport-Mesa Unified School District graduates,” Barto said. “He’s a father and sends his own children to our NMUSD schools. He will bring his professional experience and his perspective as a parent and an alumnus to the Newport-Mesa School District.”

In addition to these elected officials, Newport Beach Planning Commissioners Brady Barto and Tristan Harris, Newport Beach Board of Library Trustee Antonella Castro, and Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commissioner Anne Yelsey have endorsed Stemler.

“I am grateful to all of these hard-working leaders of our community for their support,” Philip Stemler said. “If our community is going to continue to thrive, then we must have the best schools not only in Orange County, but in the entire state.”

Born and raised in Newport Beach, Stemler attended Newport-Mesa schools from kindergarten until his graduation from Corona del Mar High School. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Today Stemler serves as a prosecutor with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Stemler and his wife Whitney live in Newport Beach with their two sons who are both students at Newport-Mesa schools. He has volunteered as an AYSO soccer coach for his eldest son’s teams and coached several high school mock trial teams.


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