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Marty Richman to run for Hollister City Council

Marty Richman served in the military for over 22 years and still wants to contribute his time and knowledge so residents will better understand how their local government is supposed to serve them.
Marty Richman (left) speaking at a San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by John Chadwell.

While Martin “Marty” Richman is a man who has no political experience, he is a near-permanent fixture at many public meetings and is more than familiar with how politics works—or doesn’t work. Richman announced last week that he is running for the District 4 Hollister City Council seat being vacated by Jim Gillio, who is in the November runoff for incumbent San Benito County Supervisor Jerry Muenzer’s seat.

Richman was career military and served more than 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. He retired as a chief warrant officer in 1983, and continued working as a quality assurance manager in explosives and electronics industries where he could use his training as a nuclear weapons technical officer.

He and his wife Joyce moved to San Benito County in 1996 so he would be closer to his job and they could buy a bigger home. Since retiring, Richman has been a mainstay at public meetings and gives his opinions on a wide range of topics, including growth, cannabis and roads.

After he wrote a few letters to the editor of the Hollister Free Lance newspaper, he was a regular columnist between 2007 and 2012. Over the last several years, Richman has published on BenitoLink, volunteering many hours to research facts and statistics for online “Community Opinion” and “Community Column” articles.

“I’d like to do more public service and leave my mark where people felt I did something for the community,” he said. “I have no hidden agenda. I’m not doing it for money and I don’t owe anybody any favors. I want to make Hollister a better place to live and help the people who live here understand what they can do to make it happen to improve us.”



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John Chadwell is an investigative reporter for BenitoLink. 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 that are sold on Amazon. To contact John Chadwell, send an email to:


Submitted by (Frank Ramsey) on

This is good news! Marty has the right vision and mindset to take on the task and do a great job. 

Submitted by (Barb Taddeo) on

I have been at numerous Board of Supervisor meetings where Marty has been there.  His knowledge of how this government works or in our county's case doesn't work.  Too bad he is not running for the board of Supervisor position.  He would sure get my vote!!!

Submitted by (Judson Shutts) on

Marty, I am so glad to see you run.  You have great insight and common sense that has been lacking in this county and city.....  I look forward to your leadership and follow through.  Thanks for stepping up....

Submitted by (Alec Ward) on

Really happy to hear Marty is running. I met him a couple years back and have seen him speak at city council meetings. An authentic, common sense guy. He’ll be getting my vote for sure.

Submitted by (David Lobeck) on

I too am pleased to see Marty Richman run. I think a lot of folks are frustrated  with the way things are run in the city and county. I believe Marty when he says he wants to make Hollister a better place to live. It seams he has the necessary skills and vision to help accomplish this. The citizens of San Benito County deserve better leadership.  

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