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Dwyer declares reelection run

Councilman will be sole incumbent in 2012 race that four others have already entered.

November 16, 2011|By Mona Shadia

Huntington Beach Councilman Devin Dwyer has announced his intention to run for reelection next year.

Dwyer, 48, planned to kick off his 2012 campaign Wednesday at King's Fish House in Bella Terra.

"I'd like to continue what I'm doing," he said. "I'm working hard for Huntington Beach and want to see some things completed."

Dwyer will be the only incumbent in the race. Councilman Keith Bohr will be termed out next year.

Dwyer, who came on board in 2008, said he wants to see the city fix and maintain its infrastructure on a regular basis, and reform pensions.

So far five candidates, including Dwyer, have filed with the City Clerk's office their intention to run for the council.

Planning Commissioners Blair Farley, who ran in 2010, and Tim Ryan are among those who filed.

Realtor Bruce Brandt, a retired Boeing executive and Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jim Katapodis have also filed their intentions to run. They ran unsuccessfully during the last election.

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Small-business owner Dan Kalmick, who once ran for Congress and also ran in 2010, filed his intention to run for 2012 but said Wednesday he had opted out of the race.

Farley said he's hoping to continue on the path of helping the community of Huntington Beach and respond to residents' concerns on many issues.

"One of the things that we talked a lot about that are still an issue is the fact that the City Council hasn't gone along with the desires of a lot of residents — things like the Downtown Specific Plan, additional density and increased traffic," he said. "A lot of the things the council is pushing through, the residents aren't particularly happy about."

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