Election Notes: Supervisors forum Monday; Council campaign kicks off
by TP staff
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Supervisors forum Monday

Three candidates hoping to represent Tracy and Mountain House on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will describe their platforms and answer questions at a Monday, April 23, forum.

Councilman Bob Elliott, Rhodesia Ransom and Tom Benigno, who are running to fill the seat of termed-out Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, will all attend.

The free-to-the-public event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimball High School theater, 3200 Jaguar Run, just off Lammers Road south of 11th Street.

Tracy Press Editor Jon Mendelson will moderate the event and ask questions, including those submitted by the public via index cards at the event or by email in advance at jmendelson@tracypress.com.

No signs or campaign materials will be allowed inside the theater. Light refreshments will be served.



Council hopeful kicks off campaign

Nancy Young will get her 2012 Tracy City Council campaign started with an event Thursday, April 26, in the City Hall lobby.

This will be Young’s second campaign for a seat on the council. She finished fourth out of nine candidates in the 2010 election, with Bob Elliott and Robert Rickman winning the chairs.

This year’s election will also have two positions open, as the terms of councilmen Mike Maciel and Steve Abercrombie are set to expire.

Maciel has announced he will defend his seat, and former councilman and restaurant owner Ray Morelos has also said he will campaign.

Young’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 333 Civic Center Plaza.
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pagesmith
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April 24, 2012
I had him pegged for the county position the minute I saw him speak at the debates two years ago. He is very articulate and seems to know more about the county than just the local coffee shop gossip.

And I'm not going to vote for a couple of Jerry Mcnerney / Nancy Pelosi clones. So that leaves out the other two candidates.
rayderfan
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April 24, 2012
Clearly, Ms. Ransom is the better of the three candidates. She is smart, articulate and she will follow through on what she commits to do.

Unlike her opponent Mr. Elliott, who told us he would serve a four year term on the Tracy City Council then decided to run for Supervisor after only two of those four years.

Besides, I don't think Mr. Elliott has taken any risks in starting his own business, or had to worry about how he would feed his children. He's retired military who now works for a military contractor. There's no risk on his part that I can see.
HopeFaithCharity
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April 24, 2012
The leadership we have in this city is not capable of dealing fairly with the diversity of our community. the elected officials already cater to a small portion of our town. Mr Elliot is not even from here, and doesn't understand the demographics of our community. He is simply looking to advance his political agenda in search of personal accolades.

Mrs Ransom has been active in the community, and has been a business owner in our city. She has devoted tireless hours to prevent the continual dismissal of our young children. Not only has she been involved in our schools, she has provided excellent outlets and opportunities for our children to realize their potential in their pursuits of education, and exposing them to an environment where they can be free of peer pressure, and be the best version of themselves.

She is obviously dedicated to our community, and not just another Title seeker, chasing personal ambition. Her bcking by various law enforecement agencies is a prime example of the potential she has to make an impact in the position of Supervisor. She has my vote...

TomBenigno
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April 24, 2012
Everyone:

Please step back a relax everyone, the election is not over just yet. Your opinions about different candidates is all wrong. Just get out and vote when the time comes that will be the best way to find a new supervisor.

www.benigno2012.com
bbee
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April 24, 2012
@behonestguys-if you were there last night you would know that Rhodesia never even mentioned her labor backing!! She mentioned Sheriffs, Probation and Correctional staff in addition to community members-need I remind you that she is a non-profit director and had her own business here in Tracy for 10 years? so can you please live up to your sign-in name by BEING honest??? Additionally-who is the "yes man" to Mr. Ives??? I recall Mr. Elliott stating he is the one with the mayor's backing...I don't see how after 6 months of service in a 4-year term before announcing this candidacy.

Get your facts straight and don't contradict yourself!
behonestguys
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April 24, 2012
If you look at her latest FPPC filing, quite a few of her contributions are through Democracy Engine, LLC, which is closely aligned with the Democratic Party and their union allies ...... just follow the money.
behonestguys
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April 24, 2012
It's obvious that if Ms. Ransome were to be elected, she would be beholden to the public employees unions. They are her supporters - not people who have taken the risk to start their own businesses and who worry every day about how to pay their bills and meet payroll. These folks are the bedrock of our county, state and nation. Would she have the guts to stand up to them when it came time for contract negotiations for meaningful concessions, or like all other politicians that get elected due to union $$$$, would she give away the store to them? This is unfortunately the true, sad state of affairs - just look at the power these unions wield in Sacramento.
champcarfan
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April 23, 2012
I think we need to look at the candidate who actually had substance tonight. That candidate was Rhodesia Ransom. Her answers were thought out, clear, and came from a candidate who has a track record of serving her community.
jimf01
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April 24, 2012
I think we need to look at the endorsements and public support the candidates are receiving. Tom Benigno said he has none.

Bob Elliott said he has endorsements from Mayors, City Council, and boards from all of the cities he will represent in the county. He also has public support from business owners and farmers in the county.

Rhodesia Ransom answered the same question by saying she has financial support from 4 different unions representing county employees, but that she is somehow beholden to none of them.
whoareyoukidding
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April 23, 2012
Chris and Shelly please let me know when and where I can pick up one of your yard signs.
ChrisRoberts
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April 22, 2012
We need a candidate that will do something about the corruption, mismanagement, and general brain dead inefficiency that is the Tracy police department.
shelly13
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April 22, 2012
....and the city and the school district and... must I go on? Out with the old and in with the new!
behonestguys
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April 23, 2012
I agree ChrisRoberts - and someone that is not a "yes" man for Ives and who has the guts to stand up for what is right and proper.
HopeFaithCharity
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April 24, 2012
We need someone who has proven that they care about our community, and not their personal advancement.
rayderfan
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April 21, 2012
I will vote for anyone that is not an incumbent.
getpaidforDARE
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April 21, 2012
I will not vote for anyone having ties to Jerry McNerney.


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