Two candidates have been dropped from the Huntington Beach City Council race because they lacked enough signatures to qualify, the city clerk's office said Wednesday.
Frst-time candidates Matthew Briggs and Marcus Giordano, who announced their candidacy shortly before the deadline to file paperwork Friday afternoon, did not have enough signatures to make the ballot, Assistant City Clerk Robin Lugar said. Giordano had said earlier in the week that he planned to withdraw his candidacy due to other obligations, but Lugar said he and Briggs already lacked the 20 signatures required.
Another last-minute challenger, William Grunwald, did make the cut for the November ballot. Grunwald, a general counsel for Tracy Industries in Whittier, said he opted to run this year because he felt the council was out of touch with residents' needs.