Gregg DeLong, a who successfully filed a claim against the city this year over owed revenues, has decided not to run for City Council.
DeLong, who runs a marketing company and worked in the mortgage industry for two decades, said he withdrew his candidacy because other responsibilities demanded his attention.
"I've enjoyed being on the campaign trail and having the opportunity to meet and get to know many wonderful residents in our city," DeLong said. "Based on my conversations with many Huntington Beach citizens, clearly there is a need for improved financial management and transparency in our city's government.
"However, at this point, I don't believe I can devote the appropriate amount of time to a City Council position that the residents deserve. My growing business and school-age daughter require my full attention.
"I look forward to a City Council campaign in 2012, and at that time, will continue my pursuit of improving government in our city. Huntington Beach residents deserve it."