Elect Rhodesia Ransom to push San Joaquin County in the right direction.
About the Position
Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person board of supervisors. A board of supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.
About the District
San Joaquin is California's 15th most populous county. San Joaquin County’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of almost 800,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $1.8 billion annually. District 5 includes the cities of Manteca, Lacy, Lathrop, and Mountain House CSD.
About the Race
In the March 3 primary election, Tracy City Council Member Rhodesia Ransom trailed challenger Robert Rickman by a margin of 12.6 percent. Neither campaign has pledged to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Ransom’s campaign raised more than $50,000 between February and June and is mostly funded by individuals. Rickman’s campaign has raised around $30,000 for the same period and is mostly funded by individuals, but also by construction companies.
About the Candidate
Rhodesia Ransom is from San Francisco and has lived in Tracy for nearly 20 years. According to campaign materials, she is running for San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors because she wants to continue to collaborate with local groups and use her decades of community knowledge to support families and advance public safety.
Ransom is a member of the Tracy City Council, where she works to address the systemic issues in housing, education, and job growth that challenge her community. Ransom has co-founded several organizations and issue-based boards, including Sow A Seed Community Foundation and the Tracy Community Homelessness Task Force.
Rhodesia Ransom is a longtime public servant in her community, particularly around issues of youth empowerment.Over the years, she has been involved in initiatives designed to improve economic outcomes in the City of Tracy, including serving seven years on the Planning Commission, and acting as a board member for the San Joaquin Partnership. These efforts have provided Ransom with an understanding of how homelessness, access to education, and limited economic opportunities are interconnected issues that must be addressed comprehensively. At the same time, she is also a founding board member of the Tracy Police Activities League, which founded a boxing gym for young people located in the Tracy Homes public housing neighborhood. While framed as a youth violence prevention program, boxing programs like this have not shown clear evidence of positive outcomes, and critics suggest that the sport can actually reinforce the view that violence is a practical solution to a problem.
Councilmember Ransom’s priorities for San Joaquin County this term include tackling homelessness, government accountability, and public safety.
Ransom is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. She is also endorsed by several police groups. Despite her police backing, Ransom stands out as the progressive choice because of her extensive work in the community and her commitment to addressing issues through strategic collaboration. According to our analysis, Rhodesia Ransom is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.