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Council candidates talk leadership

Posted: March 13, 2012 5:20 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2012 5:20 p.m.

Above all, there would be respect if they are elected, Santa Clarita City Council candidates said Tuesday during the most recent candidates' forum before the SCV Republican Women Federated.

Two incumbents and three challengers are running for two council seats in the April 10 voting.

Challenger Ed Colley, who currently serves on the Castaic Lake Water Agency board, says he would continue that board's tradition of putting citizens first if elected to the council.

"The Castaic Lake board is larger, so there's probably more personalities and more challenges, yet we are able to treat each other with respect and work toward what's working best for the citizens of this valley," Colley said.

Jon Hatami, a deputy district attorney, criticized some of the campaigning in the council race.

"We have to all respect each other," Hatami said, adding he treats people with respect every day during his work as a prosecutor.

Mayor Laurie Ender said she respects her fellow council members, despite the fact that they don't always agree. She said it can be hard to build consensus when discussing items for the first time.

Five people serve on the Santa Clarita City Council.

"The first time the five of us have ever talked about anything is sitting there in public, on TV, in front of everyone, trying to build some sort of consensus," Ender said. "That is not easy."

Challenger TimBen Boydston and incumbent Bob Kellar focused their answers on why they may disagree with other council members.

"So you do work together, but ... if our City Council is just a rubber stamp then that is not government," Boydston said. "It's not a softball team with the city manager as the manager of your team."

Kellar said leadership involves staying informed.

"(Leadership) is interacting, knowing what the issues are, reading about them, listening to the people and making informed decisions," Kellar said. "It's not necessarily voting with the other City Council members."

The Santa Clarita Valley Republican Women Federated is a group of local women encourage participation in the political process and support Republican candidates. More than 50 members and residents attended Tuesday's luncheon.
The last day for residents to register to vote in the April 10 election is March 26. For more information on voting, visit




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