It only takes one issue to stir up the passion to get involved in city politics and for Bruce Brandt that was seawater desalination.
While recognizing the importance of desalination, the proposed Huntington Beach plant isn't well-thought out and is technically and financially flawed, Brandt said. Interest in the issue struck a chord with the long-time resident, leading him to run unsuccessfully for City Council in 2008. He is back for another shot at one of three open seats this November.
"If you're going to complain about the things that are going one, why not run for City Council?" he asked. "I feel that my education would be an asset for the council."
Brandt, a former Boeing executive and owner of a real estate company in Huntington Beach, has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration.
Candidates, like the city attorney or treasurer's positions, should have minimum educational qualifications, he said.