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.