Government / Politics

First General Election “Use Your Voice” Forum Thursday

Listen to the candidates and form your own opinion tonight at Hollister City Hall

Tonight’s the night — the first of two consecutive Thursday night “Use Your Voice” Forums sponsored by BenitoLink and San Benito County Farm Bureau is this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.. It will be held at the Hollister City Hall Council Chambers at 375 Fifth St.

Be there or watch it live. For those who cannot attend, the Forum will also be streamed LIVE online on with the help of media partner, CMAP-TV. It can also be viewed on CMAP-TV Channel 17.

Candidates for Congress, Assembly, the San Benito County Health Care District Board, and Gavilan Community College Board of Trustees will answer several questions posed by the moderators.

The Forum 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 

San Benito Health Care Board

Ariel Hurtado
Gordon Machado

Gavilan College Trustees

Danielle Davenport 
Rachel Perez 



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.