Politics & Elections

8 will contend for 3 HB seats

EIGHT candidates for three seats on the Huntington Beach City Council have raised and spent money (Shutterstock)

With no incumbents on the ballot for three seats on the Huntington Beach City Council in the Nov. 3 election, the race seems to be wide open.

But only eight of the 14 persons who qualified for the ballot have reported campaign contributions or expenses, making it unlikely that the remaining six will be among the winners.

According to documents filed with the Huntington Beach City Clerk’s office, here are the financial standings of those eight campaigns. Most are relative political unknowns, except for Matthew Harper and William “Billy” O’Connell. 

Harper is a former councilmember and mayor in Huntington Beach. He has also been a member of the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees and from 2014-18 was the state Assemblyman from the 74th District.

O’Connell is a former city council member who was defeated in his 2018 campaign for another term. He has raised the most money so far, but $100,000 of the $141,000 he’s raised is a personal loan to his campaign.

Listed are the candidate’s contributions received (as of Sept. 19, 2020), expenditures, cash on hand and debt owed. Note: The campaign contribution limit in Huntington Beach is $600 per contributor.

•  Brian Burley: $74,453 raised, $31,343.27 spent, $64,087.27 on hand, $13,000 debt (loaned to self).

•  Matthew Harper: $6,442 raised, $1,457.58 spent, $3,984.62 on hand, $1,000 debt.

• Dan Kalmick: $54,951.40 raised, $30,484.59 spent, $26,789.26 on hand, $9,666.22 debt.

• Thomas LaParne: $6,866.22 raised, $2,957.50 spent, $3,808.72 on hand, $3,666.22 debt.

• Casey McKeon: $13,377.32 raised, $6,193,73 spent, $12,178.93 on hand, $6,161.56 debt.

• Natalie Moser:  $34,125.21 raised, $16,100.90 spent, $18,854.56, $90 debt.

• William “Billy” O’Connell: $141,493.94 raised, $40,180.78 spent, $86,183.26 on hand, $128,180.72 debt.

• Tito Ortiz: $27,726,26 raised, $12,026.48 spent, $16,866 on hand, $1,166.22 in debt.

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