The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath has withdrawn his initial plans to run for city clerk and instead is seeking a seat on the Huntington Beach Union High School District's board.

Edward Pinchiff, an attorney, filed his candidate statement Aug. 9 and was qualified to run two days later, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

"As a long-term resident of Huntington Beach raising two future HBUHSD students, I want to ensure that our children receive a top-tier college preparatory curriculum and practical vocational training in a safe environment," he said in a statement.

He did not return calls seeking further comment.

Pinchiff was admitted to the state bar in 1988, but didn't practice law from 2002 to 2008 after opting not to pay his dues, according to the bar's website. He is now licensed and has said that most of his practice is in Los Angeles.

His campaign website says he stands for a safe school environment free from bullying, gang violence and drug use.

If elected, Pinchiff will serve four years on the board, which serves Huntington Beach and parts of Fountain Valley and Westminster.

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