Two county supervisor races just got more competitive.
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.
Additionally, newcomer Elias Salinas has taken first steps to enter the race for the District 4 seat, records indicate.
Those were two of the latest updates for the 2018 election from the San Benito County Elections Office. Both filed papers during the open nomination period for the June primary that runs from Feb. 12 to March 9.
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. Loe also served on the Hollister City Council in the 1970s and was the city’s first woman mayor.
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 a 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.