So, is candidate 63, 69 or 73 years old?

The answer varies by source. As of Friday, sole incumbent says he's 73 and that age doesn't have 'anything to do with anything.'

October 20, 2010|By Michael Miller,
  • Joe Carchio
Joe Carchio

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan, the oldest man ever to occupy the White House, quipped during a debate with Walter Mondale that he wouldn't make an issue of his opponent's "youth and inexperience."

Few in Huntington Beach would doubt City Councilman Joe Carchio's experience. A longtime business owner in Surf City, Carchio was elected to the council in 2006 and is the only incumbent among 21 candidates in this year's council race.

But there appears to be some confusion in town — and at the Orange County Registrar of Voters — about the councilman's age.

On various documents over the last few years, Carchio has been listed under at least four different ages — although the councilman said he has never made a secret of his age and didn't know the source of the confusion.

Carchio's profile on the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn.'s website, which lists basic facts about each candidate, pegs him at 63.


Voter registration, however, lists Carchio as having been born March 24, 1941, which would make him 69.

Meanwhile, an alumni website showing the class of 1955 at Irvington High School in New Jersey includes a Joseph Carchio identified as the owner of Jersey Joe's Italian Deli in Huntington Beach — which would put his age about 73.

It's not the first time Carchio's age has caused confusion. Anyone keeping a scrapbook of the Huntington Beach Independent's articles may have gotten puzzled about his age. In 2000, during Carchio's first run for the council, the paper listed his age as 53. Two years later, when Carchio ran again, he was listed as 57, only to shoot up to 63 when he ran two years later. This year, Carchio has not returned a questionnaire for the election section of

In 2006, the year of his election, he gave his age to the paper as "over 50 and proud of it." Every other candidate profiled in the same article gave a specific age.

When Carchio was contacted Friday, though, he confirmed his age as 73 and said he didn't know where the other information came from. He added, though, that he considered his age a negligible matter.

"I've usually just said when someone asks, 'I'm a senior citizen,'" said Carchio, who gave his official birth date as March 24, 1937. "I don't think age really has anything to do with anything."

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