Robert Rickman

Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman welcomes the crowd to the opening ceremonies for the Fourth of July day in the park at Lincoln Park. Rickman has announced his intention to run for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District, in 2020.

Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman announced Wednesday that he will run for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District, in 2020.

Rickman seeks the seat currently held by Bob Elliott, who will run for the U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District, challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Josh Harder.

Rickman’s Tracy City Council colleagues Rhodesia Ransom and Veronica Vargas are also running for the Fifth District seat.

As he begins his campaign, Rickman has emphasized his ties to the community as a third-generation San Joaquin County resident and his career as an officer and sergeant with the California Highway Patrol.

He cites quality of life issues as his motivation to run for office.

“People are spending more time in traffic during their long commutes to the Bay Area for work, impacting their time with families, their health, and the local and regional economy,” Rickman said in his statement. “An increase in homelessness statewide and those living on our streets with substance abuse or mental health issues is leading people in our region to feel less safe at parks, at shopping malls, and during their evening walks. Housing costs are creeping ever higher. Our own local neighborhoods are no longer affordable for families, thanks to the destructive policies of the political class in Sacramento.”

Rickman was first elected to the Tracy City Council in 2010 and was elected mayor in 2016 and 2018. He is not able to run for mayor again because of term limits.

Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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