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March 27, 2023

Election: De La Cruz weighs tax collector run; shakeup possible for judge, board

Four-term Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz is considering a run for the full-time tax collector position and he’s among four early challengers for Mary Lou Andrade’s job.

Andrade has been tax collector since 1990, and De La Cruz has been District 5 county supervisor since 2004. His fourth board term is up in 2020, but he would have to give up the seat if he wins the tax collector race.

De La Cruz is among candidates who have started the process toward contending in the June primary by filing papers to collect signatures in lieu of filing fees. He said he will make a final decision by the end of the March filing period.

Also filing those papers so far as of Friday morning were Andrade, Katherine Casey, Abraham Gomez and Melinda Casillas.

De La Cruz isn’t the only elected official in the county looking at a switch to another elected role. District 3 County Supervisor Robert Rivas is running for 30th District State Assembly to succeed Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, who terms out this year.

Also looking at a new, elevated position, Hollister City Councilman Jim Gillio is running against Supervisor Jerry Muenzer for the District 4 county board seat.

Over in District 3 for the county board, Jerry Reimer and Richard Perez Sr. have indicated intentions to run. They’re seeking the seat held by Rivas.

With even more potential shakeup on the ballot, Judge Harry Tobias has not shown an intention to run again. Public defender Greg LaForge, Frances Henderson and Jose Omar Rodriguez have started the candidate process for that judge role.

Looking to stay put, incumbents like Judge Steven Sanders, District Attorney Candice Hooper, Sheriff Darren Thompson, County Superintendent Krystal Lomanto, and Clerk-Auditor-Controller Joe Paul Gonzalez and Assessor Tom Slavich all have started the candidate process for their respective seats.

Those names are among candidates listed with the San Benito County Elections Office for merely starting the process. Candidates for most races can enter the races in the official nomination period from Feb. 12 to March 9, said Angela Curro with the local office.

Look back for more. See more on the 2018 election at http://sbcvote.us.