Blair Farley is everyday people. Folks in the Newport-Mesa area know him best as a pastor and technology director at Mariners Church.
But in his hometown, Huntington Beach, Farley has taken on a different calling: politics. He is running for City Council in Surf City because he believes the city in recent years has favored developers and special-interest groups over residents.
"Everyone thinks every election is critical, but this one really does have potential to shape what our city looks like moving forward," said Farley. "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 Firefighter's 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.