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Oct.18 Forum Informal Survey Results

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance host nonpartisan forum and take exit survey from those who attended.

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance hosted a second nonpartisan general election forum Oct. 18. The free forums were held at San Benito High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

About 200 people attended the Oct. 18 event. There was an informal survey taken from those who attended and 140 were turned in to the BenitoLink team that evening. Please note that this is a very small sampling that was only taken on-site.


Survey Results from Oct. 18 Election Forum:

Question:  Do you support the following Measures?

Measure G (1% sales tax for transportation)                   

Yes      75 percent

No       25 percent


Measure H (Business License tax unincorporated areas)         

Yes       56 percent

No        44 percent


Measure X (Gavilan College School Bond )                

Yes      56 percent

No       44 percent


Question:  Which Candidate impressed you the most?

Superior Court Judge No. 2  

Omar Rodriguez     54 percent

Gregory La Forge   46 percent


Senate District 12 

Anna Caballero    57 percent

Rob Poythress     43 percent


Assembly District 30

Robert Rivas             65 percent

Neil Kitchens             35 percent


Congress District 20    

Jimmy Panetta           88 percent

Ron Kabat                  12 percent


Supervisor District 3

Patricia Loe                      55 percent

Peter Hernandez              45 percent


Supervisor District 4

Jim Gillio                      99 percent

Jerry Muenzer                1 percent  

(Muenzer did not attend)


SBC Water District 4

Doug Williams                96 percent

Robert Huenemann        4 percent


SBC Health Care District 2

Frank Barragan            63 percent

Josie Sanchez              23 percent

Ross Blasingame         15 percent


SBC Health Care District 4

Mary Casillas               56 percent

Jason Noble                 25 percent

Donn Winn                   17 percent

Ann Ross                       2 percent

(Ross did not attend)

Special thank you to BenitoLink team members and board members for their help during both forums: Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado. Carmel De Bertaut, Blaire Strohn, John Chadwell, Noe Magaña, Lois Locci and Rohit Sharma. BenitoLink also wants to show its appreciation for the San Benito County Farm Bureau, the Youth Alliance, CTV and CMAP-TV.  Because the event outgrew the Hollister City Hall meeting room, election forums were held this fall at San Benito High School auditorium. The Farm Bureau, Youth Alliance and BenitoLink appreciate the opportunity to use the auditorium and thank San Benito High for the opportunity.


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.