LaurieendercropThis is very, very good news for our democracy. Laurie Ender, a former top producer for "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood," has been elected to the Santa Clarita City Council.

Laurie gave up the syndie newsmag wars some time ago to be a full-time mother and community activist in her ‘hood of Valencia. She and her husband, CBS Entertainment senior veep Chris Ender, have deep roots in the community where they have lived for the past 16 years and where they are raising three fabulous sons, Jason, Griffin and Davis.

Laurie is the kind of best-and-brightest, pillar of her community that is desperately needed in politics, particularly at the rubber-meets-the-road local level. Any journalist who’s covered one minute of local-yokel politics knows that all too often, those who wind up in elected positions are people who can’t actually put a sentence together on their own, let alone handle serious business.Laurie, on the other hand, is schooled in the high-wire act of producing a nightly television news program.

During the past few years she’s learned the ropes of public policy by serving as a Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita. She has her alpha-mom bona fides as a former president of the Santa Clarita Valley PTA and a member of Valencia High School’s Action Team for Partnership, among other school and community board positions.

Pictured above: Laurie with sons Jason (in back), Griffin and Davis, husband Chris and her parents, George and Sue Holt.

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