BACKGROUND: Fagen, 53, a 21-year Long Beach resident, switched this spring from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. He is also running on the Independence and Working Families lines. A former marketing director for the New York Yankees, he is now a sports marketing consultant. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from SUNY Albany.
ISSUES: Making his first bid for office, Fagen said the city has whittled away the surplus, overspent in fixing the Indiana Firehouse, mishandled beach walkway construction and projected unrealistic budget revenues. Fagen says the city can make money by selling naming rights to the ice arena and launching an adopt-the-boardwalk program to fund repairs. To ease parking shortages, he'd grant businesses tax breaks to allow overnight parking and maximize usage of the municipal lot by the train station. To reform the civil service system and wipe out nepotism, he'd consider turning it over to the county.