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City of TracyCandidate for City Council

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Rhodesia R. Ransom

Non-Profit Executive Director
10,613 votes (24.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public safety- continuing to lead the fight against gangs and crime while creating safe places for youth and seniors to be active.
  • Local jobs & Amenities- recruiting and creating career and professional level job opportunities as well as retail businesses which will help improve the quality of life for our residents and create more local tax dollars.
  • Government Accountability- Create policies, such as a cost-benefit analysis utilization and department and contractor customer service report cards, to help eliminate wasteful spending and improve service delivery.



Profession:Non-Profit Executive Director & Planning Commissioner.
Executive Director, Sow A Seed Community Foundation (2008–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Tracy — Appointed position (2009–current)
Tracy Unified School District, Anti-Bully Committee, Tracy Unified Superintendent — Appointed position (2009–current)
Advisory Board Mmber, Deuel Vocational Institution (prison) — Appointed position (2011–current)
President, High School Parent Teachers Association — Elected position (2015–current)
Adjunct Faculty, Public Finance and Public Policy, University of Phoenix (2010–2015)
Member/Foreperson, San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury — Appointed position (2006–2007)


Golden Gate University M.A., Public Administration (2009)
San Francisco State University B.A., Political Science (1998)


A proud resident of Tracy, Rhodesia Ransom has a longstanding record of committed public service. She has been devoted to improving public services, expanding opportunities for our youth, and protecting the high quality of life that attracts families and jobs to our community. 

At an early age, her grandmother instilled in her a commitment to hard work and public service, as well as a dedication to making her community a better place to live, work and raise a family. Rhodesia and her husband, KT, a public safety officer and local coach, are teaching these same values to their three children.

Ms. Ransom received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and her master’s from Golden Gate University with the goal of serving the needs of her community. She has used her experience and education in public administration to create solutions that address the concerns of the community, and she has also taught public policy and public finance at the graduate school level. 

Appointed to serve on the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury from 2006-2008 (serving as Vice-Foreman from 2007-2008), Ms. Ransom helped uncover hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasteful spending, while fighting to improve transparency, efficiency, and service delivery across dozens of public agencies. 

For the past seven years, she has served as a planning commissioner for the City of Tracy where she has worked to attract quality jobs and businesses by overseeing land use and zoning while vetting projects and providing direction to housing and commercial developments according to the goals of the city and the general plan. 

Ms. Ransom is also co-founder and executive director of Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a local non-profit that offers mentoring and seeks to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of youth in San Joaquin County. She has developed innovative partnerships with local schools, public safety professionals and businesses to address a diverse array of unmet community needs not only for youth, but also for their families. Her efforts have connected hundreds of local youth with leadership training and mentorship opportunities, provided vital mental health services,  brought gang violence intervention programs into our community.

Some of Ms. Ransom’s other current and past community posts include:

  • Chair, Tracy Planning Commission
  • Member, Deuel Vocational Institution (prison) Advisory Committee
  • Inaugural member, Tracy Unified School District Anti-Bully Committee
  • Tracy Women’s Forum Board of Directors
  • President of the local High School PTA
  • Adult advisor to Key Club (local high school)
  • Ambassador, League of Women Voters
  • Board Member, Tracy Performing Arts Foundation

Awards and recognitions as a result of Ms. Ransom’s distinguished record of service to the community include:

  • Central Valley Drum Magazine, 2007 Grassroots Activist of the year;
  • 2011 Community Spirit Award;
  • The Tracy Women’s Forum named her a 2012 Woman of Tracy;
  • Tracy African American Association awarded her their 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. image award;
  • The Stockton Links honored her with their 2015 “Clemmie Award” for service to youth;
  • The NAACP awarded her their 2015 Freedom Fighter Award for service to the community;
  • The Tracy All City Revival honored her in March 2016 for service to the community;
  • The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star recognized her as a “Luminary Women of Faith” in April 2016.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California School Employees Associations
  • San Joaquin Calaveras Cos Central Labor Council
  • Democracy For America

Organizations (5)

  • Carpenter's Local 152
  • Teamsters Local 601
  • Harry S. Truman Club
  • San Joaquin Democratic Central Committee
  • San Joaquin Stonewall Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • Congressman Jerry McNerney
  • Assemblymember Susan Eggman
  • Assemblymember Jim Cooper
  • County Supervisor, Moses Zapien
  • Tracy Unified School Board Trustee, Walter Gouveia

Individuals (1)

  • Astronaut, Jose Hernandez

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To me, service is not just a word: it is the way I live my life, and that is why I am running for Tracy City Council.  It is far more important to Do Something than it is to Be Something. 

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