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San Joaquin CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Rhodesia Ransom

City Councilmember / Businesswoman
33,470 votes (49.48%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety- Continue to fight for policies that respond to homeless crisis with prevention and intervention strategies. Ensure funding and resources to support law enforcement and fight gangs and crime.
  • Local Jobs-Modernize failing infrastucture and provide the skilled workforce along with the technology, connectivity, roadways, and amenities that meet or exceed the current accommodations of the companies and industries that we want to attract.
  • Reduce Traffic Congestion- Advocate and secure funding for more modern and efficient transportation modes and connectivity programs such as Valley Link and ACE Rail.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Nonprofit Executive Director / City Councilmember
Executive Director, Sow A Seed Community Foundation (2008–current)
City Councilmember, City of Tracy (2016–current)
Board Member, San Joaquin Partnership (economic development) — Appointed position (2019–current)
Advisory Board Member, Deuel Vocational Institution (prison) — Appointed position (2011–current)
Councilmember, City of Tracy — Elected position (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Tracy — Appointed position (2009–2016)
Adjunct Professor (Public Policy and Public Finance), University of Phoenix (2010–2015)
Grand Jurist, San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury — Appointed position (2006–2008)

Education

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

Community Activities

Advisor, Kimball High Key Club (2014–current)
Board Member (Founding), Tracy Policy Activity League (2015–current)

Biography

Rhodesia Ransom was elected to the Tracy City Council in November 2016.  She, her husband K.T. Ransom, and their children (Malik, Kaiya, and Kahlia) have been proud to call Tracy home since 2002. 

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Mrs. Ransom has a longstanding record of committed public service. She first developed a passion for community work while working alongside her grandmother, a missionary who served both domestic and foreign missions.   

Rhodesia received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and her master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. 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.

She was appointed to serve on the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury from 2006-2008 (serving as Vice-Foreman from 2007-2008) where she served on numerous committees, helped expose wasteful county government spending, and promoted solutions to improve transparency, efficiency, and service delivery across dozens of public agencies.

From 2009-2016, Rhodesia served as a planning commissioner (2 terms as chair) for the City of Tracy where she worked to protect the quality of life and attract quality businesses by overseeing land use and zoning policies while vetting projects and providing direction to housing and commercial developments according to the goals of the city and the general plan.

Rhodesia doesn’t just talk the talk, but she walks the walk. In 2005, she co-founded Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a local non-profit that mentors and offers resources to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of youth in San Joaquin County, and she developed innovative partnerships with local schools, public safety professionals, and businesses to address unmet community needs for youth and their families. She also co-founded the Tracy Community Homelessness Task Force which was instrumental in securing in-kind support to create a homelessness strategic plan for Tracy.  

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

·         Board Member, Tracy Police Activities League

·         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 a Kimball High School PTA

·         Ambassador, League of Women Voters

·         Former Board Member, Tracy Performing Arts Foundation

As a result of her distinguished record of service to community, the Central Valley Drum Magazine featured Rhodesia Ransom as the 2007 Grassroots Activist of the year; The San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee awarded her their 2011 Community Spirit Award; The Tracy Women’s Forum named her the 2012 Woman of Tracy; the 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 Stockton Branch of 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, and the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star recognized her as a “Luminary Women of Faith” in April 2016.  

Rhodesia is honored to serve the community.  She firmly believes that elected officials can and should work together with the community to solve the issues we face. She looks forward to serving as San Joaquin County Supervisor. 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sheriff Pat Withrow, San Joaquin County
  • California Nurses Association
  • Congressman Jerry McNerney

Organizations (12)

  • San Joaquin - Calaveras Central Labor Council
  • Service Employees International Union - Local 1021
  • Service Employees International Union - Local 2015
  • San Joaquin County Correctional Officers Association
  • San Joaquin County Probation Officers Association
  • Manteca Police Officers Association
  • Stockton Police Officers Association
  • Teamsters Local 439
  • UFCW Local 8
  • San Joaquin County Democratic Party
  • United Farmworkers Union
  • San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff's Association

Elected Officials (16)

  • BART Director Lateefah Simon
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Kathy Miller
  • San Joaquin County Sergeants Association
  • Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs
  • Tracy School Board Trustee Simran Kaur
  • Manteca Vice Mayor Jose Nuño
  • Lori Souza, Tracy Unified School Trustee
  • Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Dan Tavares Arriola,Tracy City Council Member
  • Mountain House Board Director Bernice King Tingle
  • Delta College Trustee Teresa Brown
  • State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Malia Cohen
  • Lathrop Planning Commissioner Gloryanna Rhodes
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Videos (1)

Why I'm Running- Rhodesia Ransom for County Supervisor — February 7, 2020 Paid for by Ransom for Supervisor

Rhodesia Ransom is a Tracy City Council Member and Non-Profit Executive Director who has been standing up on behalf of families for nearly two decades.

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