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Two winners celebrate with family, friends

Ender elected, Kellar re-elected

Posted: April 9, 2008 1:31 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Laurie Ender celebrates her City Council election victory with her mother Sue Holt on Tuesday night at Ender's home.

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As preliminary results from Tuesday's City Council election showed Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar snagging the open council seats, the two celebrated their wins with parties around Santa Clarita.

While celebrating his likely victory at the Hyatt Valencia with hundreds of supporters, Mayor Kellar said that he was honored and very pleased with the unofficial results.

Kellar said he was expecting to win and looks forwards to working hard for the next four years as a city council member, his third term on the council.

Earlier in the evening, Kellar said that he considered it a privilege to be able to be a council member, mayor and part of the community.

As Ender's campaign supporters filled her Valencia home to watch the election results, the parks and recreation commissioner looked back on the months of campaigning, emphasizing that the focus always was on "bringing the community together and giving families a voice."

Ender also discussed the large amount of voters who participated in this year's city election, which she credits to her campaign team as it spent part of election day calling and visiting neighborhoods to encourage voters to visit the polls.

The three remaining City Council candidates also took time to celebrate their campaigns.

Bob Spierer, former sheriff's captain, joined Kellar at the Hyatt and explained that the most rewarding part of his campaign was being able to meet with the different people throughout the election.

However, Spierer was a "little disappointed" by the attack mailers and telephone calls that surfaced during the election.

"I had expected it would be a clean campaign," he said, bringing up that five good people were running in the election.

While enjoying her evening at The Roast House with around 50 friends and family, Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman remained grateful for the support from the local community.

"It's been a great grassroots group of people," she said, as guests filed into the Valencia restaurant.

While at home in Newhall, Maria Gutzeit, Newhall County Water District board director, said the campaign experience was "rewarding" as it gave her a way to get to know different parts of the community and the individual concerns each neighborhood faces.

"The main thing I will remember is going door to door and talking to different people," she said.

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