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2018 Election Forums coming Oct. 11 and Oct. 18

Our Election Forums are just around the corner! The free Forums will be held at San Benito High School Auditorium. Youth Alliance is joining BenitoLink and San Benito County Farm Bureau as hosts, offering English to Spanish translation and childcare.

BenitoLink, the San Benito County Farm Bureau and new forum partner, Youth Alliance will be jointly presenting the 2018 General Election Forums Oct. 11 and 18. Due to the large attendance at our last election forum, the October forums will be held at the San Benito High School Auditorium in Hollister.

San Benito County residents will have a chance to hear from General Election candidates and learn about the ballot measures at the free, public forums on Oct. 11 and Oct 18 starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. (both on Thursday evening) at SBHS Auditorium at 1220 Monterey St. in Hollister.

English to Spanish translation and Childcare

This fall, we are happy to announce that, due to the efforts of Youth Alliance, the forums will offer English to Spanish translation via headphones. Free childcare will also be available.

Two events, a week apart

There will be fewer races at the Oct. 11 Election Forum, but some races have several candidates and they will take longer.  Both evenings are expected to go from 6:30 p.m. sharp to approximately 8:45 p.m.

Last call for your community questions

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance invite questions from the community. The last date BenitoLink will accept community questions is Tuesday, Oct. 2.

This fall, the forums will have the added benefit of input from Youth Alliance members providing youth related topics of concern.

Send your questions and ideas via email to BenitoLink Executive Director Leslie David at [email protected] .

No candidates will be given the questions in advance. Questions will be reviewed by a committee of BenitoLink, Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance team members.


Election Forum Schedule

Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Hollister Mayor
  • Hollister City Council District 2
  • Hollister City Council District 3
  • Hollister City Council District 4
  • Hollister School District
  • Gavilan College Trustee Area 5 and 7
  • North County Joint Union School District

Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Congress District 20
  • State Senate District 12
  • State Assembly District 30
  • San Benito County Superior Court Judge No. 2
  • SBC Supervisor District 3
  • SBC Supervisor District 4
  • SBC Healthcare District Zone 2
  • SBC Healthcare District Zone 4
  • SBC Water District
  • Ballot Measures G, H, X

The BenitoLink – San Benito County Farm Bureau – Youth Alliance General Election Forums are sponsored by Benito Valley Farms, Community Foundation for San Benito County, SBC Eye Care and media partner CMAP-TV. BenitoLink plans to run video clips produced by CMAP-TV of each race which will be available on the website. The full evening will also be posted on CMAP-TV.

These forums are nonpartisan and serve the community by providing candidates a respectful and open platform to share their perspectives and goals. BenitoLink, the Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance want to extend our appreciation to our sponsors for their dedication to providing information and open dialogue to all San Benito County residents.


About BenitoLink

BenitoLink is an online, nonprofit news organization that connects San Benito County residents through local news and information, encouraging public dialogue to foster an engaged community.

BenitoLink is the trusted source for news and information about San Benito County.  As a community supported organization, BenitoLink is the voice for all county residents.

About San Benito County Farm Bureau

The mission of the San Benito County Farm Bureau is to preserve and promote successful agriculture in San Benito County through education, leadership and service.

About Youth Alliance

Youth Alliance services seek to provide a continuum of support that includes after-school, summer, and late night prevention programs, early intervention bilingual counseling and case management, intervention programs serving at-promise youth in the juvenile justice system, teen parents, etc., as well as parent and systems leaders engagement and education. Programs are located in targeted schools (16 sites) and neighborhoods in South Santa Clara County and San Benito County.



BenitoLink Staff