San Benito County district attorney slated to lose re-election

As election day vote counting ends, the results of the San Benito County elections are becoming clear. >>See the full results at the bottom of this article. More votes could still appear as anything sent in the mail, and postmarked on or before June 7, will be counted for the next week. But, in San Benito County, most of the races were not close and the outstanding ballots will be unable to sway the results. The race for district attorney might have the most surprising result of the night as incumbent Candace Hooper appears to have been ousted. Hooper received 40.8% of the vote, while Joel Buckingham received 59.1%. For local races, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, it does not move to a runoff in November. In the race for sheriff, Eric Taylor appears to have secured his spot as top law enforcement officer for the county. Taylor was appointed to the office in 2021 and this is his first time facing the voters. Taylor received 67% of the votes while his challenger, Juan Guevara, received 33% of the votes. Three county district supervisor seats were also up for grabs on Tuesday. In District 1, where the winner will finish off the four-year term, which began in 2020. The former supervisor, Mark Medina, resigned from the board in June 2021. Betsy Dirks is in the lead with 33% of the vote, with Dom Zanger coming in second with 26% of the vote. Kim Hawk is a distant third with 14% Dirks and Zanger will face each other in November. For District 3, Mindy Sotelo is the apparent winner. Sotelo received 61% of the vote. In second place, Rolan Resendiz received just 28% of the vote. Sotelo has worked as the Executive Director of the San Benito County Farm Bureau for the past 15 years and is hoping to focus on addressing growth in the county and the mental health crisis facing the community. In District 4, Angela Curro has nearly crossed the 50% plus one threshold, but it is still possible that mail-in-ballots could lead this election to a runoff in November. Curro received 53% of the votes, but with only 1,253 voters, a handful of votes for her opponents in the next week could drop her below 50%. Curro spent her professional career working in both the private sector in construction and in the public sector in elections. Most recently, she worked for the County Clerk-Recorder and Election Division of San Benito County.The county will finalize the results in a few weeks after every ballot is received and counted. See the full results below:

As election day vote counting ends, the results of the San Benito County elections are becoming clear. >>See the full results at the bottom of this article.

More votes could still appear as anything sent in the mail, and postmarked on or before June 7, will be counted for the next week. But, in San Benito County, most of the races were not close and the outstanding ballots will be unable to sway the results.

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The race for district attorney might have the most surprising result of the night as incumbent Candace Hooper appears to have been ousted. Hooper received 40.8% of the vote, while Joel Buckingham received 59.1%.

For local races, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, it does not move to a runoff in November.

In the race for sheriff, Eric Taylor appears to have secured his spot as top law enforcement officer for the county. Taylor was appointed to the office in 2021 and this is his first time facing the voters. Taylor received 67% of the votes while his challenger, Juan Guevara, received 33% of the votes.

Three county district supervisor seats were also up for grabs on Tuesday.

In District 1, where the winner will finish off the four-year term, which began in 2020. The former supervisor, Mark Medina, resigned from the board in June 2021. Betsy Dirks is in the lead with 33% of the vote, with Dom Zanger coming in second with 26% of the vote. Kim Hawk is a distant third with 14%

Dirks and Zanger will face each other in November.

For District 3, Mindy Sotelo is the apparent winner. Sotelo received 61% of the vote. In second place, Rolan Resendiz received just 28% of the vote. Sotelo has worked as the Executive Director of the San Benito County Farm Bureau for the past 15 years and is hoping to focus on addressing growth in the county and the mental health crisis facing the community.

In District 4, Angela Curro has nearly crossed the 50% plus one threshold, but it is still possible that mail-in-ballots could lead this election to a runoff in November. Curro received 53% of the votes, but with only 1,253 voters, a handful of votes for her opponents in the next week could drop her below 50%.

Curro spent her professional career working in both the private sector in construction and in the public sector in elections. Most recently, she worked for the County Clerk-Recorder and Election Division of San Benito County.

The county will finalize the results in a few weeks after every ballot is received and counted.

See the full results below:

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