Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez has a big lead over challenger Gordon Machado and Keith Snow after the initial results released by the San Benito County Elections Office.
Velazquez had 51.21% of the vote to 32.97% for Machado and 15.82% for Snow after initial results came out after 8 p.m. Velazquez’s vote lead after a 9:30 p.m. release of results was an all but insurmountable 2,431 to 1,635.
The initial vote counts released shortly after 8 p.m. include a large majority of local votes expected in today’s General Election, with those votes coming in largely through the mail. There was an additional release of votes at 9:30 p.m.
Velazquez is seeking his fourth two-year term as mayor of Hollister. The mayoral seat has a two-year term.
The mayor runs at large in the City of Hollister, while voters in four districts throughout the city elect the remaining members of the Hollister City Council.
Velazquez is owner of American Electrical Services in Hollister. Machado is owner of Rustic Turtle Embroidery in Hollister. Snow is a retired engineer.