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'Nobodies' are somebodies

Posted: April 3, 2008 5:40 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2008 5:05 a.m.
To The Editor:

It's stunning that The Signal continues to miss the story behind Laurie Ender's remarkable campaign to be elected to City Council on April 8. It's being funded and fueled in part by a group of people who have never donated or voted as part of a city election.

A recent Santa Clarita blog posted that more than 200 "nobodies" recently showed up to her Family Day campaign rally on a Saturday morning. I was one of those nobodies. Who are we? We're families, PTA moms, youth-sport-coaching dads, commuters, grandparents, local businessmen and women -- many of whom were drawn here by the good schools, parks, and homes, and because it's a safe city for our kids with a great quality of life.

Many of us have never participated in the city election process, being either too busy with our childrens' activities or ignorant of a process that was happening in our own backyard. Many of us also feel disenfranchised by a local government and media seemingly influenced and controlled by a small
circle of Santa Clarita's elites.

But this election is too important. In fact, it has a much more tangible effect on us as Santa Claritans than the Obama/Clinton/McCain race. And it comes at a time when population growth has pushed us to a defining moment for many quality-of-life issues in Santa Clarita.

We nobodies finally have a candidate in Laurie Ender, who is somebody we want to put into office.

We have a candidate who represents our issues. Somebody who is willing to fight for more hospital facilities so that we have them when our child or aging parent needs them; who will advocate for more parks so our kids have aplace to practice soccer, softball or football; someone with a track record of advocacy to enhance our schools and youth programs; and someone with a commitment to improve our city infrastructure to sustain and even improve our quality of life.

I invite my fellow nobodies out there to join me: vote for Laurie Ender on April 8. Our formidable constituency represents a growing economic, social and political force in Santa Clarita. It¹s time for us to be heard and represented.


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