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Election forum available on CMAP-TV

The "Use Your Voice" Forum featured candidates for congress, assembly, Board of Supervisors as well as the Measure P transportation tax

The "Use Your Voice" political forum put on by BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau can be viewed online on CMAP-TV. The forum was held on May 12 in the Hollister City Council chambers.

The forum was well-attended, with approximately 60 people listening to the candidates. A short reception was held afterwards, where attendees were able to ask candidates and the Yes on Measure P representative questions. 

Congressional candidates were the first group to answer questions posed by the hosts, Dara Tobias and Mirian Martinez. Casey Lucius, Joe Williams and Jack Digby attended the event. Jimmy Panetta was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts and Barbara Honegger cancelled due to a death in the family. 

District 30 Assembly candidates were the next group to respond to questions. All assembly candidates attended the event, with Georgia Acosta, Anna Caballero, Karina Cervantez-Alejo and John Nevill responding to questions.

District 1 county supervisor candidates Mark Medina and Mark Starritt responded to questions next. With Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velasquez speaking in favor Measure P. There were no representatives available to oppose Measure P. 

Shorter segments for each race/measure will be available on BenitoLink soon.

The CMAP recording of the "Use Your Voice" Forum can be found on this link:





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Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.