"Blair Farley is everyday people."
That's the message the Huntington Beach City Council candidate wants to put out to voters as Election Day looms. As a member of Team Huntington Beach, a three-member coalition that includes Joe Shaw and former Mayor Connie Boardman, Farley believes the city in recent years has favored developers and special-interest groups over residents, and he is determined to change that.
"Everyone thinks every election is critical, but this one really does have potential to shape what our city looks like moving forward," said Farley, a pastor and technology director at Mariners Church in Irvine. "It's an opportunity for people, in my opinion, to take back control of the direction of Huntington Beach and return it to a more common-sense approach that emphasizes residential quality of life and sustainability."
In 2004, Farley ran for the council and finished 10th with 3% of the vote. This year, however, he's gotten some early boosts. The Huntington Beach Firefighters Assn., which hasn't endorsed a losing candidate in the last three council elections, gave him one of its four nods, while the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn., a grass-roots group that operates an elaborate election website, endorsed him along with Boardman and Shaw.