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Rhodesia Ransom, former Tracy council, member, is seeking State Senate 5 seat

TRACY  – Community leader Rhodesia Ransom Tuesday announced her candidacy to replace termed-out State Senator Susan Eggman in Senate District 5.

Ransom would be the first black woman elected to represent SD-5 in Sacramento since the seat’s creation in 1883. 

A resident of Tracy for more than 20 years, Ransom has served as a non-profit co-founder and Executive Director of Sow A Seed Foundation, a planning commissioner, a member of the Tracy City Council, and District Director for Congressman Josh Harder. She has worked to  strengthen the area’s economy, improve public services, and expand opportunities for young people.

Ransom’s campaign is also announcing support from current State  Senator Susan Eggman as well as statewide officials State Treasurer Fiona Ma and State Controller Malia Cohen. 

“I’m honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign has received, including our Senator Susan Eggman,” said Ransom. “I'm running for state senate because there's still so much work to do in San Joaquin and Alameda counties. We need better schools for our kids. We need real solutions to address the homelessness crisis. And we have to bring prices down to make sure people can afford to live and work here. I love this community. It's where my husband and I raised our kids. This is my home and I'm proud to fight for it every single day. I can’t wait to earn your support.”

Ransom attributes her passion for public service to the time she spent as a child working alongside her grandmother on volunteer projects to connect vulnerable families to resources such as food, housing, and other critical services.  Shaped by those experiences, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Public Administration at Golden Gate University.