“Use Your Voice” forum videos show candidate responses

See the candidates respond to questions and make up your own mind for the upcoming election. The "Use Your Voice" Forum is broken up in shorter segments, based on the elected office.
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“Use Your Voice” political forum videos have been provided by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) as a joint effort to help our community prepare for the upcoming Primary Election on June 7.

These short videos were recorded at the “Use Your Voice” Forum held at the Hollister City Council Chambers on May 12. The forum hosts were Dara Tobias and Mirian Martinez.

Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives

Note: Candidates Jimmy Panetta and Barabara Honegger were unable to attend. 


Candidates for Assembly, District 30


Candidates for Board of Supervisors, District 1


Yes on Measure P,  presented by Ignacio Velasquez

Note: There were no representatives registered to present for No on Measure P. 

The "Use Your Voice" Forums were presented by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and CMAP TV, three nonprofits working together to help the community understand local issues and evaluate the candidates. 

BenitoLink is a news and information website for and about San Benito County. Its mission to help inform and engage San Benito County and to be a hyper-local website that includes all social, economic and cultural groups. 

San Benito County Farm Bureau's mission is to preserve and promote successful agriculture in San Benito County through education, leadership and service. 

CMAP has a mission to empower community members and organizations to thrive in a digital world by providing access to media tools, training, and television distribution on local cable channels. 

Special thanks to CMAP-TV for editing the segments for easy viewing. 





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.