Government / Politics

Election 2018: San Benito County Supervisor District 3

Former supervisor Pat Loe and business owner/Hollister School District Trustee Peter Hernandez are running for the District 3 seat.
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Patricia “Pat” Loe and Peter Hernandez are running for San Benito County Supervisor District 3 on Nov. 6, filling the seat of departing Supervisor Robert Rivas, who is running for the State Assembly District 30 seat against Neil Kitchens.

 

Patricia Loe has lived in the county 55 years, attending her last two years of high school here. She and her husband Don have been married 38 years. She worked for Tiffany Motors for 30 years and retired to serve on the Board of Supervisors in 2003. She currently sits on the San Benito County Planning Commission. Loe was elected to the Hollister City Council in 1988 and was the first woman to serve on the council. She also served as mayor and then as supervisor for eight years.

BENITOLINK: Why are you running for office?

LOE: San Benito County needs experienced leaders. As the only woman running, I bring an important perspective to the decision-making process. I understand the issues and work well with other elected representatives, community leaders and all residents. The Board of Supervisors is a full-time job and I understand the time commitment to do the job properly.

What issues are most important to your district?

District 3 is almost 100 percent in the City of Hollister. Residents in District 3 have many of the same problems as all other residents of the county: traffic congestion, an outdated library, roads that need improving, highway systems that are overburdened, an animal shelter that needs improvement, growth that needs to be reined in and better paying jobs.

Are there issues you feel are important to your district that the public may not know about?

Government functions at its highest level when all elected officials respect each other’s opinions and work together for the best solutions for the residents of the cities and county. We all pay city and county taxes and it is important that we have representatives who work together and take everyone’s needs into consideration. I have always, and will continue to fulfill this responsibility for our county’s future.

What obstacles and challenges does the district face?

Leapfrog development destroys our quality of life. I will support and work toward growing from the central core out. I will look beyond just building rooftops and start putting energy into improving infrastructure. We must work on growing a healthy community.

Improve traffic circulation and work to widen Highway 25. I will collaborate with other San Benito County leaders and immediately start working with VTA, Santa Clara County leaders, the CTC and CalTrans. If the local sales tax Measure G passes, we will not immediately get a new Highway 25, it is going to take a great deal of effort for its completion that I will make this one of my top four priorities. We must have clear understandings with the CTC and Santa Clara County on many aspects of Highway 25 and because of my prior working knowledge with Measure A and past highway and road issues, I am the best candidate to make this project a reality.

If Measure G does not pass, we still have to put all the same partnerships into play and I will continue to make it a top priority of mine to see its completion become a reality.

I will meet with both local business leaders and leaders from Silicon Valley to negotiate creative ways to bring new businesses and jobs to our area.

We need a new and more accessible library. I will work to find funding sources to build a new library. I will collaborate with the community, The City, our elected representatives in Sacramento, and local school districts to identify potential funds to start the process.

How do you intend to communicate and stay in touch with the constituents you’d represent?

I believe social media would be a great tool to involve more participation from community members. I will encourage the board to start an outreach program on social media. I have a listed phone number, a web page, email and Facebook presence for those who would like to contact me directly. I always encourage anyone to contact me for an appointment or attend a meeting to discuss issues important to them.

What is the role of local government?

To provide for the health and welfare of their citizens that includes quality of life and an overall healthy financial environment at the county and personal levels.

 

Peter Hernandez has lived in San Benito County his entire life. For more than 20 years he has worked in the food and beverage sector for some of the top brands, including Coors, Budweiser, Pepsi-Cola and Wonder Bread. In 2014 he was elected to the Hollister School District. In July 2018, he and his wife, Karina, opened their own downtown business, Ohana Shave Ice. As an entrepreneur with a vision for downtown, Hernandez said he wants to become a supervisor because he loves his community and wants to see it thrive.

BENITOLINK: Why are you running for office?

HERNANDEZ: I am running because I love my community. I believe I have a much-needed fresh perspective on the current problems our community is facing.

What issues are most important to your district?

As I have walked and talked to my constituents there definitely is one consistent concern in my district which I believe resonates with the rest of the community. The problem of the current thinking with roads and growth. It seems we are lacking vision and because of that default to only housing as a solution.

Are there issues you feel are important to your district that the public may not know about?

I have faith that my community has a sense of the issue, which is why I depend on their input, but maybe may not understand why it exists. In my opinion, when we choose a certain way that is best for a singular governing body without due consideration for the outcomes and how they affect another governing body, we by default hurt one another because we don’t work hard enough to ensure our actions benefit the whole of the community. I believe an interdependent attitude is what’s best for the whole of the community.  

What obstacles and challenges does the district face?

I believe our obstacles to overcome are working together, addressing the transportation/commuter issue, and chipping away at a higher quality of life through a consistent focus on jobs, tourism marketing and business development.

How do you intend to communicate and stay in touch with the constituents you’d represent?

I will keep the same phone number I have now available to my constituency. I will work to keep a team in place for that very purpose of communication. I firmly believe the more informed and considerate we are of their voice, the more successful at tackling our problems we’ll be. The best part is this will not happen in a vacuum, but together and with purpose.

I would love to facilitate better communication streams with all governing bodies, consider vocational education locally, create a more robust marketing strategy to highlight the beauty of our community, push for a sinking fund, and have an intentional attitude about budgeting for our future needs. We need to make life easier for our business community to not just start a business but to thrive.

What is the role of local government?

I believe the role of government is to facilitate order and commerce with respecting the individuality of the person. The less government needs to do because of an engaged populace the better.

 

 

John Chadwell

John Chadwell is a BenitoLink reporter and an author. He has many years' experience as a freelance photojournalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, scriptwriter, and novelist. He is a former U.S. Navy Combat Photojournalist and is an award-winning writer who has worked for magazine, newspapers, radio and television. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Chapman University and underwent graduate studies at USC Cinema School. John has worked as a script doctor and his own script, God's Club, was released as a motion picture in 2016. He has also written eight novels, ranging from science fiction to true crime, which are sold on Amazon. To contact John Chadwell, send an email to: [email protected]