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May 25, 2022

Voting begins for June 7 primary

Ballots are in the mail (some likely already received) for the June 7 primary election. San Benito County’s voters will select candidates for numerous local offices, including sheriff-coroner, three supervisors’ seats and district attorney. Also on the ballot will be the region’s U.S. representative and...

Meet the candidates: Assembly District 29

Running for California State Assembly District 29 are Stephanie Castro and incumbent Assemblymember Robert Rivas.  The boundaries for District 29 changed considerably as a result of the 2020 redistricting process. The new district includes all of San Benito County, eastern Monterey County and portions of...

Learn about voting choices at April 2 event

Local agencies and organizations will host local families and residents with food, music, raffles, face painting and more at the Voter’s Choice Act Kickoff celebration on April 2. The event will take place 11am-2pm on the patio of the Hollister Veterans Memorial building, 649 San...

After another snag, group abandons effort to recall mayor

The voters who have been trying to recall Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez have abandoned the initiative after their attempts to meet legal noticing requirements failed for the fourth time. Instead, the mayor’s detractors will focus on finding a candidate to run against Velazquez in the...

PACs’ support for council candidate grows

The latest campaign funding disclosures for the Hollister City Council District 3 race show increasing financial support from political representatives and organizations for one of the five candidates. Running for the council seat are Lauretta Avina, Scott McPhail, Dolores Morales, Silas Quintero and Matthew Rojas....

Meet the candidates: San Benito County Supervisor, District 4

Three candidates are on the June 7 ballot for San Benito County Supervisor District 4: Tony Avilla, Angela Curro and Elia Salinas.  Avilla grew up in Santa Clara County and served in the U.S. Air Force before he began working for his family’s construction company,...

Leonard JT Espinoza: Hollister School District Trustee Area 2 candidate

Leonard JT Espinoza is no stranger to the public education system after having spent countless hours as a paraeducator, working with students and their families.

Meet the candidates: Sheriff-coroner

Running for the office of San Benito County Sheriff-Coroner are incumbent Eric Taylor, who was appointed to the office by the board of supervisors following Darren Thompson’s retirement in 2021; and Juan Guevara. Guevara has more than 10 years of experience in Bay Area and...

Meet the candidates: District Attorney

The elected district attorney is the county’s top prosecutor of criminal cases in San Benito County. The DA leads an office of 17 employees, including five deputy prosecutors and three investigators.  The office and its staff prosecute hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases each year,...

City council tables decision on ‘thin blue line’ flag

The Hollister City Council delayed its decision on flying the “thin blue line flag” at City Hall on Aug. 2, citing the need for more background on the significance of the timing. On July 16, the city received an application from a group that identifies...

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