Huntington Beach resident Bill Rorick said he has a disdain for most politicians, even though he is one of 21 candidates running for City Council.
Rorick, 53, said he doesn't want to be a career politician, and he isn't in for the stipend.
He sees it almost as a volunteer job and thinks council members should be public servants, not act like royalty.
"I think the majority of the people around here are what I would call common-sense conservatives," he said. "They want their government to work for them … and if they have someone reliable they're OK."
The vice president of Magtek Inc., Rorick has lived in Huntington Beach for about 20 years and has two grown children.
He has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's in business administration.
For Rorick, the budget is the biggest issue the city faces and to fix it, officials are going to have to get employee salaries and pensions to a more reasonable level, he said.