Newport City Council candidate recovering after heart surgery
BY MEGAN NICOLAI
Chase Rief, Duffield’s son-in-law, said Duffield had chest pains over the weekend and went to Hoag early Sunday. He was scheduled for surgery and went through the roughly five-hour procedure Monday afternoon.
Duffield is running against Mayor Rush Hill for the 3rd District council seat in Newport Beach. He’ll be in the hospital for observation for three to five days, said spokesman Roger Bloom.
Terry Duffield, Duffield’s wife, released a statement thanking the staff at Hoag and promising her husband’s campaign would continue.
“The surgery went well, there are no complications, and the doctors anticipate a full recovery,” she wrote. “He will begin physical therapy by the end of the week.”
Rief said when he saw Duffield in his hospital room, he was already up and joking and chatting with nurses.
“I walked in and he had a huge smile on his face,” Rief said. “He’s taking it easy today. … but he’s a hard worker. I’m sure he’ll be on his iPad emailing in a few days.”
Bloom said while he won’t be able to walk voting precincts or attend candidate forums for a while, Duffield will continue to speak with voters over the phone.
“I just want to stress that the campaign continues,” Bloom said. “We’re all very heartened by that. … We’re looking forward to election day.”
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