Tracy Planning Commissioner Rhodesia Ransom posted a message to her Facebook followers, thanking supporters in her run for the District 5 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. Tracy City Councilman Bob Elliott is all but assured the seat in the latest vote count.
Ransom’s post reads, in part:
As the election nears a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who supported me. Words cannot begin to express my gratitude. Earlier this year, when we began the campaign, I had no idea what a blessing my journey towards the goal of becoming San Joaquin County Supervisor would be. The many supporters, volunteers, contributors, friends, and voters (over 17,000 and growing) that I have gained along the way have encouraged and inspired me every step of the way. I appreciate all of your hard work, your generosity, and your many sacrifices.
After the initial count, Ransom was holding out before the provisional ballot and later-mailed ballots were counted before calling the race over. In the Facebook post, she notes the “odds are low” that she will make up the gap.
But Ransom did gain ground in the past few weeks. Elliott had a lead of more than 6 percentage points, grabbing 53 percent of the vote’s counted after Election Day to Ransom’s 46.7 percent. The last update on the Registrar of Voter’s website has the gap down to more than 4 percentage points, with Elliot getting 52 percent of the vote and Ransom getting 47.7 percent.