TRACY -- Bob Elliott and Rhodesia Ransom will face off in November for the open seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
Elliott was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary election, with 45.5 percent of the vote. Ransom was second with 33.4 percent, followed by Tom Benigno with 20.8 percent.
The seat serves the 5th District, which includes Mountain House, Tracy, half of Manteca and the rural areas in between.
Elliott is a retired colonel who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and serves on the Tracy City Council. If elected, he said his top priorities will be public safety, protecting agricultural (the top industry in San Joaquin County) and economic development, with an emphasis on jobs and fiscal responsibility.
"I'm thankful for all the voters who showed their confidence in me on election day and to all the volunteers who helped in so many ways," Elliott said. "I am very proud to have served my country for 30 years, and now this is my chance to serve my community.
"In doing this, I recall the motto of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: 'Duty, Honor, Country.' I want to bring those same values to my service on the board of supervisors."
Ransom serves on the Tracy Planning Commission. If elected in November, her top priorities will be public safety, economic development/jobs and education as it relates to workforce development.
"I think I'm a unique candidate," Ransom said. "I'm not a
"Being part of the planning commission has taught me about land use and how that relates to economic development, which will serve me at the county level."