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October 3, 2023

Candidate list set for November ballot

With the extended period over for races without incumbents, the ballot is set for the November election.

The following is an updated roundup of the candidates qualified for the November ballot in races in San Benito County, according to the San Benito County Elections Office online records. This includes runoff races from the June primary as well.

It is unclear if new candidates in the cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista joined the fray right before the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday — as last Friday’s nomination deadline for candidates was extended five days in those races.

Hollister Mayor

Incumbent Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, pursuing his fourth two-year term on the council, will face off against businessman and former Councilman Gordon Machado along with familiar mayoral opponent Keith Snow.

Hollister City Council

In the race or District 2 council member to represent the city’s west side, incumbent Mickie Luna will face challenger Rolan Resendiz.

In District 3, Elia Salinas, Honor Spencer and Raul Escareno will face off.

In District 4, Marty Richman will face Salvador Mora.

Hollister treasurer

Anietra Gomez was the only candidate listed in current records shown on the City of Hollister and county elections office websites.

San Juan Bautista City Council

For three open seats on the San Juan Bautista council, Cesar Flores, Harold Gomes qualified, while Mary Edge and Leslie Jordan had pulled papers (it’s unclear if they qualified yet as of Thursday morning.)

San Juan Bautista City Clerk

Laura Cent is the only listed candidate for the role.

San Benito County Office of Education

In the race for San Benito County Office of Education District 3, incumbent Joan Campbell-Garcia is running uncontested in District 3, and Reb Monaco is running unchallenged in District 4.

School Districts

All three seats open on the San Benito High School District after re-districting are uncontested, with Miguel Sahagun, Steve Delay and Juan Robledo qualifying in their respective districts.

In the Hollister School District, incumbent Pat Moore will face Stephen Kain, Brande Barrett and Carla Torres-Deluna, Roxanne Stephens and Jan Grist for three seats.

In the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District, Casey Norton Powers and Anissa Dizon are running unopposed for two open seats.

In the Cienega Union School District, incumbent Sandra Barker is unchallenged.

In the Jefferson School District, three incumbents David Reikowsky, Timothy Borland and Leann Falsey are running uncontested.

In the South Monterey County School District, incumbent Leslie Girard is facing Paulette Bumbalough and Paul Dake.

In the North County Joint Union School District, Cindy King, Ted Zanella and Eduardo Navarro are running for two seats.

In the Panoche School District, incumbents Eric Gordon and Paul Limbach are unopposed for two seats.

In the Willow Grove School District, Joyce Swett, Greg Swett and Brent Shepherd are unopposed for three seats.

In the Fresno County Board of Education Area 4 race, Marcy Masumoto is the lone candidate for one role.

In the Bitterwater-Tully School District, there are no candidates running for three positions.

In the Cienega Union School District, Sandra Barker is the lone candidate for a two-year role, while Patrick Wirz and Sara Steiner are running for four years with three spots open.

In the Southside School District, Michael Ruth is the lone candidate for four seats.

In the Tres Pinos School District, Ed Schmidt is the lone candidate for three seats.

College Districts

In the race for Gavilan College District Area 5, a new office after re-districting, Richard Perez Sr. will face Jeanie Wallace. In the race for Area 7, Michael Alcorn, Irma Gonzalez and Jason Hopkins will face off. Over in the Hartnell Community College District Area 7, Candice Depauw is running uncontested. In the West Hills Community College District Area 1, Nina Oxborrow is uncontested. In the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified District Area 2, Johny Albrect will face Carrol Canada and Ramon Zubiri.

Water Districts

In the Aromas Water District, James Leap, Richard Smith and Marcus Dutra are unopposed for three seats.

In the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency District, Robert Culberton III is unopposed.

In the San Benito County Water District, District 1, John Tobias is unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Robert Huenemann and Doug Williams will face off.

In the Sunnyslope Water District, incumbents Judi Johnson, Mike Alcorn and Ann Ross are unopposed.

In the Tres Pinos Water District, incumbent Ed Schmidt is the lone candidate for two seats.

San Benito County Health Care District

In the San Benito County Health Care District Zone 2, Ross Blasingame, Josie Sanchez and Frank Barragan will face off. In Zone 4, Jason Noble, Ann Ross, Mary Casillas and Don Winn will run.

In the Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District, incumbent George Mortan is the lone candidate for three spots.

Runoff Races

Runoff races include the following:

Jimmy Panetta will face Ronald Paul Kabat for 20th District U.S. Congress.

Anna Caballero will face Rob Poythress for 12th District State Senate.

Robert Rivas will face Neil Kitchens for 30th District State Assembly.

Gregory LaForge will face Jose “Omar” Rodriguez for superior court judge.

Pat Loe will face Peter Hernandez for District 3 county supervisor.

Jim Gillio will face incumbent Jerry Muenzer for District 4 county supervisor.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect additional candidates listed in Hollister City Council races.

-Kollin Kosmicki