San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. Photo provided.
San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman. Photo provided.

Information provided by John Freeman.

San Juan Bautista City Councilman John Freeman issued a June 19 press release indicating his intent to run for District 2 San Benito County Supervisor.

“I am running as the experienced candidate, the one with the history of making the tough decisions that have improved the City of San Juan Bautista,” Freeman said. “The city is now more professional and better run and managed than in previous years because of my efforts.”

He continued.

“During my tenure, I have worked hard to build relationships with both internal colleagues and external political agencies, helping San Juan Bautista become a more professionally run city.”

In the release, Freeman listed improvements made during his time on the council, including:

  • Joining Monterey Bay Community Power and lowering both the cost of power and greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energy
  • Authoring a code of ethics adopted by the San Juan Bautista City Council
  • Solving the nitrate and inadequate redundancy problems of the city’s water system
  • Chairing the Business Development subcommittee for the historic Downtown Commercial area
  • Authoring a plan to eliminate the high sodium content (salt) of the sewer plant that will, when implemented, eliminate state fines
  • Leading the successful effort to eliminate smoking in restaurant patios
  • Implementing modern purchasing practices, making repair of city infrastructure and streets easier and faster
  • Studying the effects of a “Dig Once” policy for critical internet infrastructure
  • Lobbying for more commercial and light industrial business south of Highway 156 leading to an increased tax base

“I enjoy living in San Benito County and serving on the San Juan Bautista City Council,” Freeman said. “As an experienced elected city official, I will help improve infrastructure and roads making San Benito County an even better place to live. By ensuring San Juan Bautista is well represented throughout the county and tri-county area, I have contributed to our wellbeing and earned your trust.”

Freeman said his experience working with agencies in San Benito County enables him to hit the ground running. He named agencies that he works with regularly or is a member of, including:

  • Board of Directors Monterey Bay Community Power
  • Monterey Bay Community Power Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors of AMBAG (transportation planning agency for the tri-county area)
  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments Executive Committee
  • Central Coast Broadband Consortium, an organization dedicated to bringing high-speed fiber optic broadband service to San Benito County
  • Former president of San Benito County Water Resources Board
  • Intergovernmental Relations Committee for San Benito County
  • Strategic Planning Committee for San Juan Bautista (former chairperson)

“Our county faces challenges like adding good local jobs, improving roads and public transportation, managing residential growth, adding public-use parks, and building a new county library,” Freeman said. “Together, we can meet these challenges by keeping costs down and delivering needed services to all county residents.”

To learn more about Freeman’s campaign for San Benito County Supervisor for District 2, visit

He can be contacted at or (831) 236-7385.