Westwell also recruited fellow Libertarian Bob Kliewer to run this
year for the first time. Kliewer, a knife manufacturer, said he
believes the city over-legislates to deal with social problems,
especially with recent bills governing the parking of RVs within city
"Coercion to accomplish political goals is wrong," he said.
Restaurant owner Joe Carchio, of Jersey Joe's Italian Eatery, has
thrown his hat back into the race after capturing 4,664 votes in
2002. Carchio plans to run a campaign encouraging Surf City residents
to shop locally by giving benefits, like free parking Downtown, to
those who live within city limits.
"People should be able to enjoy all the things that Huntington
Beach has to offer that they're already paying taxes for," he said.
He'll be joined by Peter Albini, who took last place in the 2002
race, but was the first person to file on the first day of filing in
Two newcomers appear on this year's ballot. Andrew Blair Farley, a
Mary Kay consultant and minister at First Christian Church, plans to
run for City Council. Realtor Robert Mellema of Atrium Circle also
has filed papers to run.