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VOTE FINAL: Ender, Kellar win

All mail-in votes, all cast votes tallied as of 10:15 p.m.

Posted: April 8, 2008 2:38 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Bob Kellar, re-elected to the Santa Clarita City Council Tuesday, speaks at the Valley Industrial Association's monthly luncheon in March.

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UPDATE 10:15 p.m.:  ENDER & KELLAR WIN
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and all votes cast at 32 precincts (100.00%) have been counted. The total number of votes was 21,971.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 5,404 (24.60%)
Bob Kellar: 5,354 (24.37%)
Bob Spierer 4,371 (19.89%)
Diane Trautman: 4,369 (19.89%)
Maria Gutzeit: 2,473 (11.26%)

Results are unofficial until the canvass of the election is complete, according to city officials.

UPDATE 10:05 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 27 precincts (84.38%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 5,143
Bob Kellar: 4,994
Bob Spierer 4,042
Diane Trautman: 4,136
Maria Gutzeit: 2,247

UPDATE 9:56 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 25 precincts (78.13%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,990
Bob Kellar: 4,871
Diane Trautman: 4,019
Bob Spierer 3,9391
Maria Gutzeit: 2,158


UPDATE 9:40 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 21 precincts (65.63%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,594
Bob Kellar: 4,561
Diane Trautman: 3,659
Bob Spierer 3,621
Maria Gutzeit: 1,967

UPDATE 9:31 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 18 precincts (56.25%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,475
Bob Kellar: 4,389
Diane Trautman: 3,536
Bob Spierer 3,470
Maria Gutzeit: 1,867

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.:
City Clerk Sharon Dawson said the ballot-counting was going "very smoothly."

"This is what we hope for," she told The Signal.

Dawson, who has worked on six City Council elections, said that one year, the volunteers at one of the polling places "decided that they worked so hard that they would treat themselves to dinner" before turning in the ballots.

She said a city staff of about 50 to 60 helped prepare for the election this week. Additionally, several volunteers helped verify the absentee ballots in the City Clerk's office and an average of four volunteers ran each of the 30 polling places.

UPDATE 9:21 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 15 precincts (46.88%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,327
Bob Kellar: 4,181
Bob Spierer 3,333
Diane Trautman: 3,287
Maria Gutzeit: 1,767

UPDATE 9:17 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 11 precincts (34.38%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,126
Bob Kellar: 3,995
Bob Spierer 3,156
Diane Trautman: 3,080
Maria Gutzeit: 1,640

UPDATE 9:05 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at 10 precincts (31.25%) have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 4,078
Bob Kellar: 3,959
Bob Spierer 3,126
Diane Trautman: 3,022
Maria Gutzeit: 1,614

UPDATE 8:55 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts and votes cast at six precincts have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 3,897
Bob Kellar: 3,790
Bob Spierer 2,980
Diane Trautman: 2,804
Maria Gutzeit: 1,461

UPDATE 8:51 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from all 32 precincts have been counted.

Workeers are now carrying boxes of ballots into City Hall from the various precincts throughout the city.

The results:

Laurie Ender: 3,742
Bob Kellar: 3,594
Bob Spierer 2,805
Diane Trautman: 2,590
Maria Gutzeit: 1,342

UPDATE 8:49 p.m.:
With 13,430 vote-by-mail ballots tallied, Laurie Ender is in the lead with 3,520 votes and Bob Kellar has 3,513. Bob Spierer is in third with 2,622 and Diane Trautman has 2,524. Maria Gutzeit remains in fifth with 1,251 votes.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from 29 of the 32 precincts have been counted.
The results:

Laurie Ender: 3,460
Bob Kellar: 3,455
Bob Spierer 2,622
Diane Trautman: 2,524
Maria Gutzeit: 1,251

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from 14 of the 32 precincts have been counted.
The results:

Bob Kellar: 1,997
Laurie Ender: 1,912
Diane Trautman: 1,581
Bob Spierer 1,474
Maria Gutzeit: 749

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.:
Absentee/mail-in ballots from six of the 32 precincts have been counted.
The results:

Bob Kellar: 1,178
Diane Trautman: 976
Laurie Ender: 912
Bob Spierer 861
Maria Gutzeit: 411

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8:00 p.m.
Polling places in Santa Clarita are now officially closed and votes are being counted at City Hall to determine which two of five candidates will be elected to the City Council.

The Signal's reporters are on the scene and we'll have results and reaction as they happen.

City staff have begun counting absentee/mail-in ballots and will announce the unofficial results throughout the evening as ballots come in from the precincts.

Check back here for updates.

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Mayor Bob Kellar, who was first elected in 2000, is hoping to keep his seat, while Maria Gutzeit, Bob Spierer, Diane Trautman and Laurie Ender are each looking to elbow their way in.

The lone seat without an incumbent belongs to Councilman TimBen Boydston, who is not running for re-election.

Boydston was appointed to the council in 2006 to replace Cameron Smyth when Smyth was elected to serve in the state Assembly representing the 38th District. Part of the agreement with Boydston was that he wouldn't seek to keep his seat.

Council members serve four-year terms, and council elections are held every two years to fill the expiring seats. The two winning candidates will be sworn in at the next council meeting on April 22.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the City Clerk's office had received more than 9,000 absentee ballots, which City Clerk Sharon Dawson said is the highest number of absentee ballots a Santa Clarita city election has ever seen.

Absentee voters who had not yet mailed in their ballots had a last opportunity to turn them in today by hand at the City Clerk's office in City Hall, or at any polling place throughout the city.

Polls throughout the city were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

At 7:30 p.m., city workers began hosting a live show from the City Council Chambers of City Hall to announce the results as they come in. The public is also able to watch the ballot counting from a public viewing area at City Hall.

The show is being aired on Channel 20 and on www.santa-clarita.com

Tonight's results will not include provisional ballots or absentee ballots that were turned in to the City Clerk at City Hall today.

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