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Joint BenitoLink and Farm Bureau Election Forums to be held in October

Two free, public forums are scheduled for Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Hollister.

BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau will pair up once again to put on candidate forums ahead of the November election. Due to large attendance at the BenitoLink-Farm Bureau Primary Forum, the October forums have been moved to a new venue.

County residents will have a chance to hear General Election candidates speak at a free, public forum Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, (both Thursday evenings) at the San Benito High School Auditorium in Hollister.

Two events, a week apart

At the Oct. 11 election forum, there will be fewer races, but some have several candidates and will take longer than before.  Both evenings are expected to go from 6:30 p.m. sharp to approximately 8:45 p.m.

Community questions

BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau invite questions from the community. It is our goal to give San Benito County residents an opportunity to attend a nonpartisan event. The election forums are designed to help citizens listen, form their own opinions, and prepare for the 2018 General Election in November.

Send your questions and ideas via email to BenitoLink Executive Director Leslie David at .

Questions will be reviewed by a committee of BenitoLink and Farm Bureau team members. Candidates will not be given the questions in advance.

Forum Schedule:

Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Mayor
  • City Council District 2
  • City Council District 3
  • City Council District 4
  • Hollister School District
  • Gavilan College Trustee
  • North County School District

Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Congress District 20
  • Senate District 12
  • Assembly District 30
  • Superior Court Judge No. 2
  • Supervisor District 3
  • Supervisor District 4
  • SBC Healthcare District Zone 2
  • SBC Healthcare District Zone 4
  • SBC Water District
  • Measures: G, H, X

The BenitoLink-Farm Bureau General Election Forums are sponsored by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau, Benito Valley Farms, Community Foundation for San Benito County, SBC Eye Care, and CMAP-TV.

These forums are nonpartisan and serve the community by providing candidates a civil and open platform to share their perspectives and goals. BenitoLink and the Farm Bureau want to extend our appreciation to our sponsors for their dedication to providing information and open dialogue that all San Benito County residents deserve.



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.