Two seats up for grabs.
Five people think they have what it takes.
Two of them wouldn’t have to change nameplates.
Some of them are affectionately referred to as “old timers” – i.e., they’ve known the city since before it was a twinkle in the formation committee’s eye.
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Others are newcomers with a pocketful of dreams.
Some come with baggage. Previous experience. Military chops. History.
Endorsements have been sought and won, some of them not as easily as one would have thought. Pavement has been pounded. Lawn signs have popped up, some disappeared, but a good number will greet us on the way home or the polls tomorrow.
The important part is that all five candidates – Incumbents Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar; challengers TimBen Boydston, Jon Hatami and Ed Colley – are vying for a job that looks great on a resume, but sometimes could be called thankless.
They want to represent Santa Clarita’s people and help dream and plan and put into practice our future.
They’ve raised some money: Kellar was the top fundraiser with $35,832.99; followed by Ender, who raised $27,679.99; Boydston with $20,543, Colley with $10,000 and Hatami with $9,036.88.
The most important thing, whether you gave them money, thought about the issues presented at candidate forums (of which there were more than a dozen) or talked to them on the street to form your own opinion, is to vote.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t have your sample ballot and can’t figure out where to vote? Go to VoteSantaClarita.com for your polling place.
And don’t listen to those who say the decision’s already been made. Every vote counts.
Follow election night activities from City Hall live at SCVTV and here on our website. We will update the vote count until the last precinct closes Tuesday night.