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First election forum is coming up this week

Congress, Assembly, Gavilan College and San Benito Health Care Board candidates to participate on Thursday evening

The first of two BenitoLink and San Benito County Farm Bureau-sponsored forums is coming up this week at the Hollister City Council Chambers at 375 Fifth Street. 

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run for about an hour and a half. Questions have been sent in by members of the community and selected by an editorial team. This is an open forum being held to help residents better understand county issues and hear first-hand from the candidates running for office.

No candidates will receive the questions prior to the event and neither BenitoLink nor the Farm Bureau will endorse candidates. 

The following candidates are scheduled to attend and answer questions:

Congress, District 20 

  • Casey Lucius 
  • Jimmy Panetta 

Assembly, District 30

  • Anna Caballero
  • Karina Cervantez-Alejo 

Gavilan College Trustee

  • Danielle Davenport 
  • Rachel Perez 

San Benito Health Care Board

  • Ariel Hurtado
  • Gordon Machado






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.