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March 25, 2023

Hollister Mayor Election: Meet the candidates

Over the next several days, the Hollister Free Lance will profile candidates for local City of Hollister and San Benito County offices that will appear on the Nov. 3 election.

Velazquez on pace to return as Hollister’s mayor

Ignacio Velazquez was hanging out in front of the steps of City Hall in downtown Hollister on Tuesday evening, relishing the moment that he was once again re-elected for another mayoral term. As of Nov. 3, the incumbent earned 58.1 percent of the vote, giving...

Measure N is headed for a loss in San Benito County

Local slow-growth advocates and environmentalists chalked up a win in the Nov. 3 San Benito County election as Measure N—which would create the Strada Verde Specific Plan—appears headed for a resounding defeat.

Shawn Herrera: County Board of Education Candidate

Shawn Herrera’s passion for education runs deep because he knows firsthand the profound effect a quality education can have on individuals.

Transportation agency reverts to county model over AMBAG outlook

The Council of San Benito Governments voted 3-2 on Thursday to shutter use of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Government’s regional transportation model in favor of the county’s own model.

Candidates qualify for Hollister mayor, council, school board

The final list of candidates is in for the Nov. 3 election for mayor, two city council seats, two county board of supervisor seats and two trustees’ seats in the Hollister School District.  Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez will run to retain his seat against challenger...

County elections office releases final results

Staff Report The San Benito County Elections Office this week released the official final results of the local vote count in the Nov. 3 General Election.  The San Benito County Registrar of Voters on Nov. 30 posted the last set of numbers that showed there were...

San Benito County Board of Supervisors chair Jaime de La Cruz trailing challenger Bea Gonzales

With hundreds of vote-by-mail ballot still uncounted as of 6:35 pm Friday, March 6, one San Benito County supervisor was assured of re-election, a four-term incumbent was staring at a possible upset loss and one November race was set. The lingering uncertainty in the supervisor...

Rick Perez snatches city council seat for District 1

Rick Perez says he had no real special interests for himself going into this year’s race for the Hollister Council District 1 seat except for one. “My interests are for the people,” he said after seeing initial results of the election posted Tuesday night. “My...

‘Slower growth’ gains another vote on council

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez has a task each year to ask the councilmembers to bring him their top item they want to see accomplished, along with several other ideas or issues in their districts. Rick Perez mentioned during his campaign that he’s in favor of...