COSTA MESA — City Council candidate Chris McEvoy, 31, says he's not your everyday politician. And that's why he thinks Costa Mesa needs him.
"I don't have any obligations to any politician's viewpoint or to donors," he said. "The way I will vote on the agenda will be in the best interest of the city for the long term."
McEvoy, who's making his second run for council, got into politics over the closure of a beloved bowling alley, Kona Lanes.
"I remember hearing rumors of it getting torn down, but we never thought it would happen," he said. "But it got torn down. I was just so surprised that I didn't hear local officials kicking and screaming. At the time, a whole bunch of my buddies and I said we'd run."
After losing in 2008, he spent his free time attending City Council and Planning Commission meetings. He has become a regular speaker during public comment periods.