The race for mayor of Hollister and many other elected roles are set for the Nov. 6 ballot.
The nomination period for candidates to qualify onto the ballot closed Friday, while the nomination period for some races extends to Wednesday since there are no incumbents in those contests.
The following is a roundup of the candidates qualified for the November ballot in races that are set as of Friday:
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.
Velazquez is a local business owner seeking that fourth term in the role elected by citywide voters. Machado is a local business owner who was a Hollister councilman about four decades ago. Keith Snow has unsuccessfully against Velazquez in each of the races since the first citywide mayor’s contest in 2012.
This race may end up being a referendum on outlooks of growth and the mayor’s embattled relationship with other council members over the past two years. Just one of his fellow council members — Mickie Luna in District 2 — is running again for their respective roles.
Hollister City Council
In the race or District 2 council member to represent the city’s west side, Luna will face challenger Rolan Resendiz. Luna, a longtime leader in the local League of United Latin American Citizens organization and former city employee, is seeking her second term. Resendiz, a political newcomer, is co-owner of the ARTI-Culture business and a teacher in training at the Hollister Prep School.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Extended Nomination Races
There are an array of other races in which incumbents are not running for reelection, so those nomination periods are extended until Wednesday. They include races for the San Benito County Board of Education, the Fresno County Board of Education, the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District, the Bitterwater-Tully School District, the Cienega Union School District, the Hollister School District, Southside School District, Tres Pinos School District, Hollister City treasurer, Hollister City Council District 3, Hollister City Council District 4, San Juan Bautista City Council, San Juan Bautista city clerk, Tres Pinos Water District and the Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District.