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Ender, Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council race

Mayor re-elected, Parks & Rec member to join council

Posted: April 9, 2008 2:21 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Mayor Bob Kellar, who voters re-elected to the council, listens to candidate Bob Spierer's concession speech at the Hyatt Valencia.

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Santa Clarita voters chose Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar to fill the City Council's two expiring seats, according to unofficial results released late Tuesday evening.

Ender garnered the most votes with 5,404, which totaled about 25 percent of the vote. Results showed that with 5,354 votes, Mayor Bob Kellar will keep his seat on the council.

A little less than 1,000 votes separated Ender and Kellar from the other candidates.

Bob Spierer came in third with 4,371 votes, and Diane Trautman came in just two votes behind Spierer. Maria Gutzeit came in fifth with 2,473 votes.

City Manager Ken Pulskamp congratulated Ender and Kellar Tuesday night.

"Both of these people have worked very hard to achieve this position," Pulskamp said.

Ender and Kellar held a strong lead throughout the night before the final results were released at around 10:20 p.m.

The vote-by-mail ballots were all tallied by 8:45 p.m. and showed Ender and Kellar in the lead, followed by Spierer, Trautman and Gutzeit.

City Clerk Sharon Dawson said Tuesday night that the ballot counting went "very smoothly."

"This is what we hope for," she said.

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. The volunteers included one inspector, two clerks and a local student.

About 1,000 ballots, however, are yet to be counted, according to Dawson.

Tuesday's results do not include 150 provisional ballots, approximately 250 absentee ballots that were cast at the polls, and about 600 turned in to the City Clerk's office on Tuesday. Those results are expected to be announced on Monday after the ballots are verified with the county's registered voter list.

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