Candidates for Hollister’s mayoral and city council races are largely self-funding their campaigns to win the Nov. 3 election, according to financial activity disclosure forms filed with the city clerk’s office.

In the race for mayor, incumbent Ignacio Velazquez so far has out-fundraised his challenger, Salvador Mora. Velazquez has collected $20,300 as of the latest disclosure filing on Sept. 24. That sum includes $19,000 worth of loans that Velazquez contributed to his own campaign.

Mora has collected $9,054 for his mayoral campaign as of Sept. 24. That includes $3,000 worth of loans from Mora to his campaign, according to the campaign disclosure forms.

Individual contributors to Mora’s campaign include $500 from Emergency Vehicle Specialists; $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and $1,500 from Teamsters.

The campaign activity disclosure forms—known as 460 forms—are required by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Candidates are required to list individual contributions and expenses more than $100. From now until the election, candidates must also file 497 Forms, which report late contributions received before Nov. 3.

Of the four candidates running for Hollister City Council Districts 1 and 4, only one so far has filed 460 forms, according to the city clerk’s website. Running for the District 1 seat are Rick Perez and Jose Fernandez. Carol Lenoir currently sits on the council representing District 1, but she is not running for reelection.

In the District 4 race, Tim Burns and Julio Rodriguez are running for the seat that was formerly occupied by Marty Richman, who died earlier this year.

Fernandez has collected $3,220 so far for his campaign, according to his Sept. 24 disclosure filing. The only contribution listed on his latest report is $250 from San Benito Land and Cattle Company LLC.

There are no recent 460 forms on file with the city clerk’s website for other city council candidates. 

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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