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April 16, 2024

Five candidates show interest in District 4 county board seat

There are now five possible candidates running for Jerry Muenzer’s seat on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.

Current Hollister School District Trustee Rob Bernosky and fellow District 4 resident Sandy Swint filed papers indicating interest in running for the job, according to the San Benito County Elections Office.

Those two join the incumbent, Hollister Councilman Jim Gillio and Elia Salinas on the list of residents filing initial papers for a potential run. Muenzer and Gillio are the only two who have fully qualified for the ballot as of Monday morning.

In the other county board race, former District 3 Supervisor Pat Loe has pulled initial papers showing an intention to enter the race against two others in an attempt to win back her former seat, according to Elections Office records. Loe has indicated her intention in campaign papers to run against previously declared candidates, newcomers Jerry Reimer and Richard Perez, for the District 3 seat she held for two terms before Supervisor Robert Rivas unseated her in 2010.

Rivas is running for the District 30 State Assembly seat in an attempt to succeed Anna Caballero, who terms out this year. He has not indicated any desire to run for reelection as supervisor.

Loe brings ample political experience to the race, while Salinas is new to local politics outside of public speaking at meetings. Both pulled papers indicating possible runs for the seats, but neither has filed a declaration of candidacy yet.

Salinas would face incumbent two-term Supervisor Jerry Muenzer and current District 4 Hollister Councilman Jim Gillio, both of whom have filed declarations of candidacy.

District 3 covers southwest Hollister, while District 4 covers south county and southeast Hollister.

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