Shortly after Joe Carchio was elected to his first term on the Huntington Beach City Council, he went for an orientation with the city's department heads. At one point, meeting an official, he launched into a spiel about all the things he wanted to accomplish in the coming months, only to be stopped short.
"She said, 'Joe, slow down,'" Carchio said. "'We go at government speed. We don't go at Joe speed.'"
It wasn't the first hard lesson Carchio learned about city politics — he had run unsuccessful campaigns in 2000, 2002 and 2004 — and it wasn't the last, as he endured his share of defeats on the dais over the ensuing year.
But with his first term behind him, the only incumbent in the council race is confident that his experience will pay off in November.
"They sent me there to do a job four years ago," Carchio said. "I just want to finish what I started."