County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Candidate Statements – 1st Supervisorial District (Short Term)

Please note that Candidate Statements are optional and paid for by the candidates.  This page may NOT contain a statement from each qualified candidate.  

Candidate Statements will be available after the close of nominations.

Prior to the Random Alphabet drawing on August 18th, statements will be listed in the order of filing. Once the Random Alphabet is drawn, statements will be reordered to match the order the candidates will appear on the ballot.


STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR
SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, DISTRICT 1

BETSY DIRKS
Occupation: Appointed San Benito County SupervisorAge: 45

Education & Qualifications:

As a working mother, a businesswoman, a teacher, and a County Supervisor; I have relied on my past experience to find balance in the demands of my time. This unique background is why I understand the needs of our North County District.


I have made listening to you, the residents of District 1, my priority, and I have worked hard to gain your trust.


My goal is to ensure we preserve our rich agricultural heritage. In addition, we can and must improve our county’s roads, infrastructure, and our economic base.


I understand reform is hard, and as a young woman, I could see how hard my mother and father worked to provide for our family. Their example of hard work and ability to understand other points of view is what I bring with me in my leadership as your current county supervisor.


It will take our entire community to bring San Benito County to a place where we can preserve traditions and grow together.


My goal is to make San Benito County a place where working families can live and prosper.


I sincerely ask for your vote on November 8th.

STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR
SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, DISTRICT 1

DOM ZANGER
Occupation: Estate Manager / Carpenter

Education & Qualifications:

I’m running for county supervisor because I see the changes taking place that are steering our county in the wrong direction. These changes are so significant that the charming and unique farm community that I grew up in has been transformed into something entirely unrecognizable. Residential hyper-development and its unsustainable consequences need to be brought to a halt.


My family planted their first orchards over 100 years ago in San Benito County. It’s these deep roots from which my passion for the betterment of this county stems. At 26 years old, I feel compelled to get involved with the community and make a difference. I will not only bring a sense of revitalized zeal, but also the much needed perspective of young families in our community.


In addition, being part of a local family business has granted me a keen understanding of our small business owners. These businesses are the backbone of our community and ought to be helped not hindered by our local government.


Bringing true transparency to the position, I have taken no money from developers or special interests. As county supervisor, I want to represent you the residents and make crucial decisions that directly benefit your lives.

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