Ransom’s name appears on a mailer voting guide titled “Attention: Republicans.” It recommends Ransom alongside Republican Assemblyman and State Senate candidate Bill Berryhill and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken, though campaign documents show Ransom has received cash donations from the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club and a bevy of union sources.
The mailer indicates a fee was paid for Ransom’s name to appear.
One of her two competitors in the race, Tracy City Councilman Bob Elliott, recently appeared on a similar mailer touting Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama and Senator Dianne Feinstein. Elliott has spoken at several events for local Republican candidates.
The board of supervisors race is technically a nonpartisan one, meaning no party affiliation appears next to names on the ballot.
Tom Benigno, who has identified Republican in several previous runs for office, faces Elliott and Ransom in today’s primary vote.
If one of the three candidates receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast, he or she will win the seat. If no one passes that threshold, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff election Nov. 6.