When the Black Lives Matter movement reemerged in the wake of George Floyd's death, Rhodesia refused to let division and paranoia prevail. Instead, she got input from youth activists, police leaders, and other key stakeholders, and designed the Tracy Equity and Empowerment Initiative, designed to improve public safety, community well-being, and government accountability.
“There were five (protests) that I attended in Tracy with the young adults that were out protesting,” Ransom said. “We asked them, ‘What are your demands?’ and really what they were asking for was not unreasonable. They were asking that they live in a community that values them based on who they are, the content of their character. As a city, that’s something we should definitely be able to deliver on.”
Ever since she was elected to Tracy's City Council, Rhodesia worked alongside faith leaders, social workers, police leaders, and countless other community members to devise and propose common-sense solutions to our region's growing homelessness crisis. In May, she overcame the naysayers and successfully passed Tracy's first-ever Homeless Strategic Plan, an agenda to use state, county, and private resources to combat extreme poverty, mental illness, and property crime in South San Joaquin.
On a majority vote, the council approved a Homeless Strategic Plan and agreed that, even after year of planning and discussions, it’s still a preliminary step toward creating the shelter that will give people a place to go other than the streets and city parks, and get them into programs that can help them rebuild their lives. The vote was 4-0-1, with Mayor Robert Rickman abstaining.Read more
After the unexplained firings of multiple city officials cost taxpayers over $400,000, Rhodesia supported the County Civil Grand Jury's efforts to expose wastefulness and dysfunction in Tracy's local government. After weeks of needless opposition from Mayor Rickman, she successfully passed the Tracy City Council's first-ever ethical code of conduct, which was specially designed to prevent political infighting and corruption.
“Everyone’s voice and the spirit of what we were trying to accomplish was actually what came through in this document, so we can really get back to doing what we should be doing, which is conducting the public’s business,” Ransom said. “This is another great tool that will not just be specific to this council but for councils to come.”
Today, the Rhodesia Ransom campaign for County Supervisor announced endorsements from sixteen of San Joaquin County's top leaders. These supporters include State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, elected officials from every city in District 5, and top educational and environmental activists.Read more
Today, Rhodesia Ransom’s campaign for County Supervisor announced that she has earned endorsements from the San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff's Association, San Joaquin County Corrections Officers Association, Manteca Police Officers Association, and County Sheriff Patrick Withrow.Read more
"At the end of the day, I have always been invested in doing what is best for the community regardless of how other people have treated me," said Ransom. "Going forward to the county, I’m going to continue to be of service, collaborating with people for what’s in the best interests of our community. It’s all about putting people first.”Read more
In 2018, Tracy Police Chief Larry Esquivel was fired without any explanation, following weeks of verbal attacks by Mayor Rickman. Rhodesia stood up for the Chief, who was beloved by the community for his proactive approaches to homelessness and gang violence.
“You have all seen or read about what is happening in our city,” she told the citizens. “You have watched our mayor publicly criticize and bully the chief of police even for attempting to work collaboratively towards homelessness efforts. Please understand that what you see is magnified tenfold in real life and behind the closed doors that I am privy to.”
After years of inaction by previous city and county leaders, Rhodesia led the charge to address Tracy's homelessness crisis. She teamed up with faith leaders, charity organizers, and other community members to create the Tracy Homelessness Task Force — the first of its kind in South San Joaquin County — to identify the root causes and plan the right solutions to extreme poverty and mental illness.
“Homelessness is a growing issue. It’s not just in Tracy but it’s everywhere. So because our city doesn’t really have a defined policy that is all-encompassing — that looks at not just the enforcement — there’s a humanitarian issue. There’s a public safety issue and a public health issue when it comes to homelessness,” she said.
In 2016, Linda Jimenez — a longtime advocate for Tracy's families and youths — explained why she supported Rhodesia Ransom for Tracy City Council. The strengths Linda identified still define everything Rhodesia does today.
"Since 2004, Rhodesia Ransom has dedicated herself to addressing community issues and resolving problems. When there was an increase of gang violence and drive-by shootings in Tracy, Mrs. Ransom contacted the U.S. Department of Justice, bringing this agency to assist and train law enforcement in youth gang prevention. When it became evident children are being bullied at school, Mrs. Ransom co-spearheaded an Anti-Bully Task Force addressing this issue with the adoption of an anti-bully program taught at every school."Read more
Before she even entered the political arena, Rhodesia worked with the Tracy Fire Department to give low-income families over 200 free carbon monoxide detectors. This effort, which Rhodesia initiated after her cousin passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning, made hundreds of households much safer, totally free of charge.Read more