Fountain Valley is coming into the home stretch of the November elections with more than three times the number of City Council candidates than there are open seats.
There are 10 candidates running for three opens seats being vacated by Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Brothers and Councilmen Guy Carrozzo and John Collins, all of whom are running for reelection.
The candidates range from teachers, a small business owner and an insurance broker to two unemployed, one working on getting a job and another a former quality supervisor analyst rendered unable to work by a disability.
They range in age from 26 to 78, but they almost all agree that the biggest issues facing Fountain Valley are the economic situation and the state's budget problems.
Despite the conditions, the three incumbents qualify that the council has taken steps that put the city in a better position than most.