Two-term Councilwoman Nancy Young has declared her intent to run against Mayor Robert Rickman to lead the City Council.
Young filed her Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement to challenge Rickman in the Nov. 6 General Election on March 9. Rickman had already filed his intent to run for reelection on Jan. 18. Young and Rickman have disagreed on several key issues during his first two-year term, including the decision to fire former City Manager Troy Brown in September; the adoption of ethics guidelines in April; and their first vote as a full body in January 2017 to select a mayor pro tem.
“There’s just a lot going on for the future of Tracy and I think we need real leadership instead of dictatorship,” Young said, referring to Rickman. “Real leadership brings us all together.”
In a statement Wednesday, Rickman made reference to his wife as he wrote about what he felt he had accomplished during his tenure.
“Karen and I are looking forward to this campaign and sharing my record of successfully fighting to bring businesses and jobs to Tracy,” he wrote. “Making sure Tracy remains the safest city in the region; providing amenities to our families like Legacy Fields and the Aquatic Center; enhancing our City Image by targeting blight, maintaining our downtown parades, installing new banners/flags, and maintaining a long term vision. I continue to be deeply honored and humbled by the residents in their trust and confidence. I don’t seek the position of Mayor to do small things. I seek the position of Mayor to finish the job.”
Councilwoman Juana Dement filed on Feb. 21 to run for City Council. She was appointed on Jan. 3, 2017, to fill a vacancy on the council left when Rickman was elected mayor in November 2016.
Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas’ first four-year term is also coming to an end in December, and she filed her Form 501 on Monday, signaling her intent to run for a second term on the City Council.
The candidates’ Form 501 statements are attached to this story.
The Tracy Press will conduct initial interviews with candidates for city office and then organize a community forum for all candidates later this year.