Business / Economy

“Use Your Voice” Election Forum May 12

BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau will host the event at Hollister City Council Chambers
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A public forum for candidates and discussion of issues related to the upcoming June Primary Election has been scheduled for Thursday, May 12. The “Use Your Voice" forum, hosted by BenitoLink and the San Benito County Farm Bureau, will be held In the Hollister City Council chambers, 375 Fifth St., at 6:30 p.m. a reception will be held afterwards, across the street at the Vault.

​The forum will not be structured as a debate but rather a question-and-answer session with equal time limits for speakers. There will be no prepared speeches from guests or candidates. Questions will not be given out prior to the event. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide questions to BenitoLink in advance and in writing at the event itself.

Candidates for congress, assembly and District 1 county supervisors have been invited to attend. A representative supporting the Measure P transportation tax has also been invited, however no representative to speak against Measure P has been identified at this time.  

BenitoLink, a nonprofit platform for news and information that encourages community participation in the information-sharing process, will not be making any endorsements during the election season. BenitoLink's mission is to help inform and engage the community. 

The San Benito County Farm Bureau has agreed not to make public endorsements related to the primary election prior to or during the "Use Your Voice" political forum.

The forum will be covered by CMAP-TV and can be viewed afterwards. All media is free to attend.

Together, BenitoLink and the Farm Bureau will be reaching out to the community prior to the event using social media and the BenitoLink website to gather questions from the public. We look forward to hosting the Primary Election Forum and welcome interested parties of all ages, social, political and economic groups.







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.