It is unfortunate the spitefulness of the national election has found its way to our Tracy election with Alice English’s personal attack on Rhodesia Ransom, City Council candidate, at the October 18 council meeting. Mrs. English’s statements are incorrect. Public Records show five of the seven council candidates have received developer contributions. Thank you, Mayor Maciel and Councilmember Young, for questioning the validity and appropriateness of derogating candidate comments during council meetings which is clearly intended to address city issues affecting our community.

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. Rhodesia’s nonprofit Sow a Seed Community Foundation was established to enrich educational, mentoring and mental health opportunities for our children. Leadership workshops have made positive impacts on our youth. Funds raised by the Board of Directors are used solely for educational purposes only. Since 2009, Mrs. Ransom has served as a planning commissioner and chair of the commission. Her 2-year appointment to the Grand Jury in which she served for a year as Chair Forewoman is notable. Mrs. Ransom held governmental agencies accountable for their actions, demanding fiscal responsibility.

Contrary to Mrs. English’s inappropriate comments at City Hall, Rhodesia Ransom has an impeccable record of dedicated community service. Rhodesia Ransom’s exceptional record of service and positive results has earned my vote on Nov. 8.

Linda Jimenez, Tracy

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