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By Michael Miller | September 8, 2010
I'm a political junkie, and one of the greatest thrills I have is watching the excitement that surrounds an election. Years ago, I volunteered for a presidential campaign in New Hampshire and took part in what we called "visibility," which meant driving up and down the icy streets at 5 a.m., sticking our candidate's signs in the ground and trying to dominate entire blocks. In most elections, it's easy to draw a line between the contenders who have a chance and those who don't.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
After the local election events came to a close, greater reflection and clarity emerged. As a first-time election candidate for a seat on the Huntington Beach City School District board I have journeyed a steep and wonderful learning curve. Coming from the viewpoint of an educated and dedicated wife, mother and Christian, the exposure was a bit harsh but largely heart-warming. Being the only district-parent candidate (other running mates do not have children in the district)
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By Michael AlexanderIndependent | June 4, 2008
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is headed back to the general election this fall, after easily defending his nomination in the 46th Congressional District this week, crushing dark horse challenger Ron St. John. In an election with no statewide candidates and sparse turnout, Rohrabacher trounced St. John by 25,905 (87.4%) to 3,729 (12.6%), respectively, in the final count. St. John said he wasn’t disappointed by the result; rather, he said he was glad he had the chance to communicate his views.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- It was a long night of nail-biting and poll-watching for four of the 20 candidates seeking seats on the City Council. For several hours Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, candidates Debbie Cook, Connie Boardman and Bill Borden were running neck and neck for two of the open seats. Incumbent Pam Julien retained the top spot from the get-go. But when the last ballot was counted, Julien, Cook and Boardman had a reason to smile.
NEWS
May 1, 2008
“You should have the freedom to give what you want.” Brandi Dorres, 27 “I think they should be dealt with the same way the folks up in Congress are, they have caps don’t they?” Chris Ruiz, 40 “I don’t have an issue with candidates raising the money... as long as they spend it in a given election.” Richard Wasiewicz, 52 “It’s not fair because the playing field’s not even when one candidate doesn’t have money.
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December 16, 2004
Dave Brooks This is a year Don Hansen will never forget. After winning a resounding election to the City Council in November, Hansen enjoyed another "victory" earlier this week after his wife Sara gave birth to their first son. "It's incredible because everything we worked for has come true," he said. "It's really been an amazing year." At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, little Ryan Crawford Hansen was born at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He weighed nine pounds, four ounces and was 21 inches long.
NEWS
July 15, 2004
Dave Brooks Pam Julien Houchen is out, Debbie Cook is in and Connie Boardman isn't saying anything yet -- at least officially. Monday marked the beginning of the political season in Huntington Beach and the start date for citizens to begin pulling papers for City Council seats. Houchen is termed out after serving eight years on the council, and Boardman has indicated to several city staff members that she doesn't plan to run again. Boardman said she will make a formal announcement at the July 19 City Council meeting.
NEWS
May 21, 2008
I read Debbie Cook’s Community Commentary (“Let readers name the true hypocrite,” May 15) with interest, and agree completely. This whole matter came up as a result of Cook’s candidacy for Congress, and the Independent would do better to focus on the manifest shortcomings of her opponent, Dana Rohrabacher, than nit pick about things it knows full well are immaterial to her serving this district honestly and responsibly. The editorial policy sometimes descends into high school journalistic practices because it actually knows little about what is really important to its readers here in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
October 28, 2004
Dave Brooks More than $100,000 has been spent in an effort to get Keith Bohr elected to the City Council, half of which has come from his own pocket, financial filings with the City Clerk's office show. Bohr called the figure "absolutely crazy, mind-boggling," but said he doesn't want a repeat of the 2002 election. "I came up short by 200 votes last time," he said. "I'm emphatically trying to nail it down." Bohr has been successful at fundraising, edging out incumbent Debbie Cook with 126 general donations worth about $24,400.
NEWS
October 14, 2004
Dave Brooks It's business as usual in the offices of Assemblyman Tom Harman, who is gearing up for his third and final campaign for his seat on the California Legislature. "It's going to be a very low-key election," the Republican legislator said. "And I fully expect to get re-elected." Working with his Chief of Staff Bob Biddle on the fifth floor of their office, Harman acknowledges his Democratic challenger to represent Huntington Beach and the rest of the 67th Assembly district with a tone of cordiality, but it's obvious he doesn't seem threatened.
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By Tony Perry | July 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO - A 22-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for stealing the identities and computer passwords of more than 700 students so he could rig an election and become student body president at Cal State San Marcos. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that Matthew Weaver showed "phenomenal misjudgment" by stealing the identities and passwords and then, when caught, trying to blame other students. "He's on fire for this crime and then he pours gasoline on it" by blaming others, Burns said.
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By Alicia Lopez | May 6, 2013
Fountain Valley resident and accountant John W. Briscoe, 63, has replaced Celeste Greig as president of the California Republican Assembly. Greig was ousted in a 84-78 vote during the group's convention April 28. The assembly is a volunteer group that works to elect Republican candidates. Briscoe said his goal is to elect as many conservative Republicans as possible. "I'm looking forward to the challenge," he said. "It's a good group. " Briscoe's election comes after some controversy involving Greig.
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By Michael Miller | November 14, 2012
Meet the new council. Same as the old council? That's the question on many people's minds as the last votes continue to trickle in for Huntington Beach's three open seats. More than a week after the Nov. 6 election, Surf City is still braced for the final results. Former Mayor Dave Sullivan leads fourth-place Barbara Delgleize by less than 300 votes. Former Mayor Jill Hardy, in first, and Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jim Katapodis, in second, appear to have more comfortable cushions.
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By Michael Miller | November 14, 2012
If there's been an upset in this year's Huntington Beach City Council race, historically speaking, it's incumbent Devin Dwyer's fifth-place finish. Dwyer, the city's mayor pro tem for the last year, held 10% of the vote as of Wednesday morning, placing behind Barbara Delgleize and the three candidates who stand to take the three open seats: Jill Hardy, Jim Katapodis and Dave Sullivan. The Orange County Registrar of Voters has not yet certified the results, but Dwyer's standing has not changed since last Tuesday.
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By Mona Shadia | September 10, 2012
City Atty. Jennifer McGrath said the City Council has no authority to outsource her office, and even if it could, contracting with outside counsel would end up costing the city at least $1 million more each year. McGrath issued an analysis and an opinion last week after the city compiled a list of firms that offered to take on the city attorney's office work. She also urged the council to hold a meeting to address and clarify the direction it wants for the city. The majority of the council voted in July to issue what's called a request for qualification from outside firms after Mayor Don Hansen said the city should entertain cost-saving measures.
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By Michael Miller | August 16, 2012
The field of candidates for Huntington Beach City Council was finalized Friday afternoon, with 12 contenders — including two former mayors — in the running for three open seats. Dave Sullivan, who served on the council from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2006, filed his paperwork shortly before the deadline at 5 p.m. Friday. Billy O'Connell, executive director of the nonprofit Colette's Children's Home, and Tony James Carter, a small businessman, also entered the race on the final day. The general election will take place Nov. 6. Sullivan said he had not planned to run until he heard that former Mayor Cathy Green had dropped out of the race late last week.
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By Mike Reicher and Michael Miller | June 6, 2012
Spoiling Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle's bid for the state Assembly, Democratic candidate Bob Rush looks poised to advance to the November general election. Rush and Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) won the most votes in the 74th Assembly District primary race Tuesday. Both were ahead of Daigle, who ran as Republican. The 74th district covers part of Huntington Beach. Mansoor took 43% of ballots and Rush 33%, with all precincts counted for as of Wednesday, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
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By Michael Miller | May 30, 2012
This just in: The 2012 presidential race heated up last week, slightly, as a pair of new challengers threw their hats in the ring. Some may recognize former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran unsuccessfully last time. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, whose name turns up almost no matches on Google, is new to the ballot. Both candidates, after posting a few lawn signs at busy intersections, will challenge incumbent Barack Obama, who has quietly done his job the last three years and hinted that he plans to seek reelection.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Once again, we have a statewide race affecting our community (the 74th Assembly District) where the emphasis by the leading Republican candidates is not who can be the best problem-solver and representative for their constituents, but who can be the best partisan warrior in Sacramento ( "Mansoor throws punches," May 17). It might mean something if the GOP controlled the state Legislature, but it doesn't. Instead, behind the Orange Curtain, we wind up with cardboard conservatives being elected who do next to nothing for the citizenry in their districts except rattle their sabers at opponents.
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By Mona Shadia | May 23, 2012
Five candidates are vying for the newly redrawn 72nd Assembly District. Though it's hard to call a frontrunner in the crowded local race, Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar is raking in high-profile Republican support. Edgar, who was a registered Democrat until 2006, has gotten endorsements from a long list of conservative politicians, including Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen and Councilmen Devin Dwyer and Matthew Harper, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa)
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