With more than a year to go before the 2020 election season begins, two more candidates are announcing their intentions to run for office in the city of Tracy.
Tracy Councilwoman Nancy Young, who was elected to the council in 2012, plans to launch her campaign for mayor of Tracy at noon Saturday in front of City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza.
Young ran for mayor in 2018, opposing Mayor Robert Rickman. This time she is running for an open seat as Rickman will have completed his second two-year term as mayor and will be ineligible to run again. Likewise, Young will be completing her second term as a City Council member by the end of 2020 and will term out as well, but will be eligible to run for mayor.
Even though candidates won’t officially file their papers to run for office until August 2020, they can fill out a Form 501, stating their intention to run for office. Young filed that form at Tracy City Hall back in February, but her launch tomorrow makes her candidacy official.
“Other candidates that are already out there are pushing the envelope to try to get support, so it forces me to come out earlier with my campaign, even though my intent was always to run for mayor in 2020,” Young said.
She said she plans to run on a platform of unity, transparency and a restoration of trust in the City Council, and she sees the city’s core issues as housing, transportation and jobs.
“It’s multipronged issues that have multipronged solutions, and I’ve been part of the solution for the past seven years,” she said. “With the relationships that I’ve built within our region, within our city, within our country, I have the tools, everything needed to really help Tracy move forward.”
Two other prospective candidates have said they intend to run for mayor. Local businesswoman and former Tracy planning commissioner Jass Sangha launched her campaign in February, and 2015 West High School graduate and musical artist Ben Hatfield filed his Form 501 in May.
Also stating her intention to run for office is Tracy resident Elizabeth Ortiz. She filed her Form 501 at City Hall on June 5 and will run for City Council.
Ortiz, 39, moved to Tracy from Santa Cruz in January. She is a U.S. Navy veteran, a mother of five and a volunteer chapter president of a national nonprofit that serves disabled veterans.
Ortiz said it’s not too early to begin laying the groundwork for a City Council campaign, her first run for a public office. She expects to spend several months getting to know people in town and gauging the support that her campaign could get.
“Since I moved to Tracy, I’ve seen that there’s a lot of diversity in this town,” Ortiz said. “From being in the military, I found that with diversity comes a lot of different points of view that are important, that people may not have seen before or heard before. I also noticed that in Tracy there is a strong sense of family, which I feel is important.”