It will be open season next year for the Huntington Beach City Council, as four of the seven seats will be up for election and three council members will be termed out.
And already, nearly a dozen contenders are champing at the bit.
In the running for next year are Joe Shaw, a former planning and public works commissioner who aided former Mayor Debbie Cook’s 2008 congressional campaign; Norm Westwell, the president of the Ocean View School District’s board of trustees; John Von Holle, the former president of the city’s Municipal Employees Assn.; Dan Kalmick, a small-business owner and onetime congressional candidate; Planning Commissioners Barbara Delgleize and Fred Speaker; Realtor Bruce Brandt; and first-time challengers Erik Peterson and Bill Rorick.
Council members Jill Hardy, Cathy Green and Gil Coerper will be termed out next year, while incumbent Joe Carchio is eligible to run for reelection.