2014 CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS
BIXBY. SHAW. BOARDMAN. MCGRATH.
THE VETTING PROCESS
The HBDRA vetting process is very effective, but like other organizations, we do not vet all candidates by conducting personal interviews and simply “going through the motions.” We are continually well informed, not just at election time, and we only consider candidates with a record of community and civic involvement that qualifies them for public service. For those elected or appointed persons, we carefully and critically examine their voting records and public comments. We believe this is the best way to conduct an assessment of a candidate’s true and authentic positions and ideology.
There are four current and former Planning Commissioners and two City Council members with long records of public service and commentary. And a City Attorney with a twenty-year record of job performance. Other candidates can be vetted on their own campaign sites and through various media including social media. We know a lot about seven of the candidates. Of the six remaining candidates, there were a few that were still somewhat unknown to us and we conducted personal interviews with those candidates before concluding our 2014 endorsements.
Since first endorsing candidates in 2010, HBDRA has endorsed and campaigned for seven different candidates and helped elect six of those seven candidates to public office.
OUR FIRST ENDORSEMENT
We are very pleased to announce the first City Council candidate endorsement from HBDRA is Planning Commissioner MARK BIXBY.
Mark has been a community activist since 2001 working to preserve the Bolsa Chica wetlands and serving the last four years as a Planning Commissioner. Mark participated in the city’s Campaign Finance Subcommittee process that rewrote our campaign finance law and was a member of the City’s Charter Review Commission.
He is a strong advocate for fairness, truth, transparency and increased public participation in government. Mark is respected for his integrity and is famous for his thoroughness in preparation and understanding of all issues facing our city that come before the Planning Commission.
He advocates for smart development that enhances quality of life through responsible planning and sustainable growth. He also advocates for the historic preservation of our cultural resources and the preservation and enhancement of our beaches and parks.
He will serve the City with honor and distinction as a member of the City Council.
The HBDRA board of directors endorsement was unanimous. To visit Mark’s campaign site, CLICK HERE.
OUR CITY ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENT
The HBDRA is very proud to endorse JENNIFER MCGRATH for re-election for City Attorney.
Jennifer has been a municipal law attorney with the City of Huntington Beach for 20 years and has been our City Attorney for the last 12 years. She has done an outstanding job protecting and defending our City and advising our City Council on matters of municipal law and jurisprudence.
She has proven herself countless times to be an effective leader who is non-partisan and non-partial, applying her legal decisions without prejudice and without political influence. She has an extremely impressive record of successes in court and has shown great judgement in determining when to litigate and when to negotiate, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Unlike our city council candidates, Jennifer has only one opponent. We have listened carefully to her opponent discuss his qualifications along with his passion for our City. He cares about Huntington Beach and is sincere about his candidacy. But with only six years as a licensed attorney in the general practice of law, we question whether Mr. Gates is qualified for the job.
Contrast this with Jennifer’s 20 years experience in the specialized practice of municipal law (with the City of Huntington Beach) and 12 years as our City Attorney, and she is clearly the only choice, the best choice and the right decision for Huntington Beach. There is simply no denying EXPERIENCE COUNTS!
With Jennifer McGrath as our City Attorney, we will maintain a steady course with 20 years of institutional knowledge and municipal law experience. With Jennifer’s leadership, we will be assured of non-partisan and non-political legal decisions with a record of success. The HBDRA board of directors unanimously endorses Jennifer McGrath for City Attorney and we ask that you vote for Jennifer on November 4th. Jennifer is also endorsed by 10 of the last 12 mayors of Huntington Beach. For more information, please CLICK HERE to visit Jennifer’s campaign website.
ENTHUSIASTICALLY REAFFIRMING OUR 2010 ENDORSEMENTS
With enthusiastic support, the HBDRA endorses CONNIE BOARDMAN and JOE SHAW for re-election to our City Council and, along with team member MARK BIXBY, we strongly urge you to vote TEAM HUNTINGTON BEACH on November 4th.
As a former two-term mayor and City Council member for eight years, Connie continues to serve our city with distinction and with a very proud voting record. She has dedicated herself to serving the citizens of Huntington Beach and she stands up for residential quality of life issues at every opportunity. She never forgets us, the residents, and we always count on Connie to make the right decisions, the smart decisions, and we support her unequivocally.
As a City Council member for the last four years, Joe Shaw has been our “go-to” person on the City Council for downtown issues. He knows Downtown. And he understands the needs and concerns of the downtown residents. Joe owned a retail store on Main Street for many years and was a founding member of the Downtown BID (Business Improvement District). He was also a founding member of the Tuesday night street fair known as Surf City Nights, which has proven to be one of the most successful endeavors in Huntington Beach history.
Working together, and with your vote on November 4th, Connie and Joe, along with Mark Bixby, will continue to fight for our City and fight for residential quality of life for all residents of Huntington Beach. Of particular importance to Connie, Joe and Mark are:
PRESERVING our coastline and open spaces, beaches and parks, Bolsa Chica, and preserving our historic and cultural resources.
PROTECTING our residents through enhanced public safety and the hiring of more police officers.
SAVING our beach fire pits and protecting our Surf City traditions.
REVITALIZING our local economy with responsible development and economic opportunities that consider residential quality of life.
BALANCING our city budget to protect taxpayers through pension reform and paying down unfunded liabilities.
DEFENDING our senior citizens and mobile home residents fighting predatory practices by mobile park owners.
IMPROVING the quality of life for all residents of Huntington Beach.