Election 2024
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With the polls closed across California, longtime U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren holds a commanding lead in the race for the state’s 18th District. 

With about 83% of precincts reporting partial results throughout the district as of 8:30pm March 5, Lofgren has received about 57% or 16,740 votes in the five-candidate race, according to the California Secretary of State’s website. Republican Peter Hernandez, a Hollister business owner, has received 29.7% or 2,511 of the votes counted and Democrat Charlene Nijmeh has received 8.5%. 

Zoe Lofgren has represented the San Jose/South County area in Congress for nearly three decades and spoke about hopes to reform immigration laws and support new technologies. Photo: Dan Pulcrano

Democrats Lawrence Milan and Luele N Kifle have received 3.1% and 2.2%, respectively, says the Secretary of State’s website. 

The 18th District includes portions of Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. 

The top two vote getters in the March 5 primary will advance to a runoff in the November general election. 

Lofgren is going on 30 years in the House of Representatives. If she wins reelection this year, she will begin her 15th consecutive term in Congress. 

Hernandez is a lifelong resident of Hollister and the owner of Ohana Shave Ice in downtown Hollister. He served one term on the San Benito County Board of Supervisors, from 2018-2022, 

Nijmeh, a Morgan HIll resident, is a second-generation Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader. She is a businesswoman and a mother of five.

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.