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UPDATE: 2 qualify for April City Council election

Posted: January 6, 2012 2:20 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2012 5:32 p.m.


The required signatures have been verified for both Castaic Lake Water Agency board member Ed Colley and Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, making them the first two official candidates to qualify for Santa Clarita City Council in April, City Clerk Sarah Gorman said Friday.

Two seats are open in the election, and incumbents Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar are both expected to run.

Meanwhile, one potential candidate announced that he won’t be seeking the office.

Steve Petzold said Friday he will not run and instead endorsed Kellar. Petzold, a Realtor, community activist and local tea party member, pulled papers for the race in December.

Petzold said he decided not to run after Councilman Frank Ferry endorsed Colley, along with Ender, for the two seats.

“I don’t want Ed Colley elected at the expense of drawing votes away from Bob Kellar,” said Petzold, who cited the April 2010 City Council election in which challenger David Gauny lost by about 30 votes.

A total of eight people have pulled papers – the first step in filing to run for election.

Jan. 13 is the last day to file for the City Council race – unless either or both incumbent does not file. In that case, the deadline would be extended to Jan. 18.






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