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Council election on Tuesday

Santa Clarita residents will choose two from five candidates to lead the city

Posted: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.

More vote-by-mail ballots have been received at City Hall for Tuesday's City Council election than were cast in the previous election in 2010, city officials say.

The total number of absentee and provisional ballots received in the 2010 election was 10,052; this year, 10,085 vote-by-mail ballots had been received by Friday afternoon, said City Clerk Sarah Gorman.

There were 278 vote-by-mail ballots received and processed Friday alone.

This year, 24,866 permanent mail-in ballots were sent out, Gorman said.

Five candidates are running for two seats in the City Council election.

Incumbents Mayor Laurie Ender and Councilman Bob Kellar are running against challengers TimBen Boydston, Ed Colley and Jon Hatami.

Ender was first elected to the Santa Clarita City Council in 2008, while Kellar has been on the council since 2000.

Boydston is a former city councilman who was appointed to serve out Cameron Smyth's term when he was elected to Assembly. Colley is a Castaic Lake Water Agency board member. Hatami is a deputy district attorney.

Last election, some voters reported confusion when they tried to find their precincts. In the sample ballot mailed out to voters this year, maps of the different precincts are depicted and residents' polling location is located on the back cover.

A total of 89,865 active registered voters reside in the city.

The turnout for the Santa Clarita City Council elections is normally low, with less than 17 percent of registered voters casting ballots during the last election, according to figures from the city.




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