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Who is Santee's Cutest Couple? The Paynes!

I am pleased to announce Jayson & Erika Lin Payne as Santee's Cutest Couple of 2012!!

The Paynes win with 55 votes! Thanks for uploading and voting, especially Mike and Kelli Dayton who came in second with an oh-so-close 54 votes. Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is less than a week away and to share a bit of sweetness and love, Santee is holding a Cutest Couple Contest.

Are you friends with one of the city's cutest couples? Are you part of a pair of lovebirds? We want to hear from you! Submit your photos of the adorable couple to steven.bartholow@patch.com or by uploading them to this article. Be sure to include the names so we can announce a winner. At least one person from each couple must live in Santee.

The winning couple gets the cred of being the Cutest Couple in town for the next year and we'll send you a certificate to prove it!

How to vote: Once photos have been submitted, Santee readers can vote for their favorite couple by commenting on this post with the names of their pick.

Deadline: Voting closes at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14. Photos must be submitted soon for the voting to begin. At least two entries are needed to select a winner.

Help spread the word by posting this story to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Jonni Brooks February 15, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Jayson & Erika Payne!
Lisa Hansen February 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Kelli and mike #17!!!!
Thuy Huynh February 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Jayson and Erika Payne #14
Pam Koch February 15, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Jeff and Roberta for sure! Pam Koch
Ryan Barker February 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Kelli and Mike, #17 wooo!
Kelsey B February 15, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Kelli and Mike, #17, Best couple besides my mom and dad! I vote for Kelli and Mike!
Danielle Gerou February 15, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Jeff and Roberta Cremeans all the way. GO #13
Troy J Payne February 15, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Go #14 J & E Payne
Troy J Payne February 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Get 'em
chris tuthill February 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Kelli and Mike #17. Such a cute awesome couple and the best people ever.
Susan Kennedy February 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
The payne's #14, cutest as tee coupe ever
Steven Bartholow (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 02:27 AM
One last chance, voting ends soon! http://patch.com/A-qLFg
Micah Scott February 15, 2012 at 02:29 AM
#14 Paynes
Shannon February 15, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Jayson and Erika payne are adorable, super cute! Happy valentines
Ed Abeyta February 15, 2012 at 02:45 AM
2=1 and the Dayton's are one of a kind. LuvM. Ed
Jay Payne February 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The Paynes #14
Maxzine Venable February 15, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The Paynes <3
Cory Cremeans-Coulombe February 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Jeff and Roberta....all the way!! They're so cute in person too!!
Lydia R Payne February 15, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Favorite son & daughter Jayson & Erika, love you!!!
Erica Oh February 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Am I too late? Jayson & Erika 14 14 14 14 14
Kailin Anderson February 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
17
Troy J Payne February 15, 2012 at 03:41 AM
And the winner is number 14!!!!! Yay
Kelli Russell Dayton February 15, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Thanks Ed. You rock! :)
Kelli Russell Dayton February 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Thanks Chris! :)
Kelli Russell Dayton February 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Thanks Kels :)
Kelli Russell Dayton February 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM
THanks Ryan :)
Kelli Russell Dayton February 15, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Thanks Lisa ;)
Steven Bartholow (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 06:18 AM
It was a very close contest! The votes came in 55-54, and after recounting I am pleased to announce Jayson & Erika Lin Payne as Santee's Cutest Couple of 2012!! See their certificate in the gallery. Thanks to everyone for voting and uploading picturs of you and your honey. I'd like to do contests like this more often, if you have any suggestions send them my way at steven.bartholow@patch.com. Congrats to Mike and Kelli Dayton for putting up a very close contest, consider yourselves pretty darn cute as well!
Erika Lin Payne February 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Thanks, Steven. We are stoked to be the first Santee Patch-crowned Cutest Couple. We love SANTEE and are proud to be parents to a fourth-generation Santeean. Thanks to everyone who voted and all the couples, especially the Cremeans and Daytons, for making this so much fun. God bless! XOXO
Paula Mc Calister called me a DB August 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Paula Mc Calister who owns Elite gym in Santee and her husband are NOT the cutest couple! They yelled and cussed a woman out at Starbucks...I thought she was going to punch this woman and her young son! Paula needs to be admitted to the psych ward. If your kids go to her gym in Santee beware! Just ask the people who work at Starbucks.

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