Government / Politics

Candidates attract a crowd at city hall forum

A full house listens to candidates address issues important to San Benito County voters

The "Use Your Voice" public forum for primary election candidates packed the Hollister City Council chambers on Thursday, May 12, giving voters a chance to hear policy plans from candidates for the the District 1 San Benito County Board of Supervisors seat, State Assembly, Congress as well as information about the Measure P half-cent sales tax measure for transportation.  

The forum, hosted by BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau, was an opportunity for voters to take an active role in their county’s future and hear candidates' answers to important questions, many of which were submitted by BenitoLink readers.

Reporter John Chadwell will have a recap of the event in the coming days and CMAP (Community Media Access Partnership) filmed the forum and BenitoLink will provide a link to the broadcast once it has been edited and produced.


Candidates and Measure P spokesman who attend the forum were:

Congress (District 20)

  • Jack Digby
  • ​Barbara Honegger
  • Casey Lucius
  • Joe Williams
  • ​Jimmy Panetta (unable to attend)

Assembly (District 30)

  • Georgia Acosta
  • Anna Caballero
  • Karina Cervantez-Alejo
  • John Nevill

Supervisor (District 1)

  • Mark Medina
  • Mark Starritt

Yes on Measure P

  • Ignacio Velasquez
  • There are no No on P representatives registered with the elections office


BenitoLink Staff