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City of TracyCandidate for Mayor

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Robert Rickman

Mayor/Police Sergeant
13,433 votes (49.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: We must have the police and fire department at full staffing levels and continue to emphasize proactive enforcement, but not forget about proactive education and prevention. Safer streets, safer community, better lives.​
  • Jobs/Economic Development: Robert will work to create Job Centers and build a strong Economic Development team to bring head of household jobs and retail to Tracy. We need to get residents working here instead of over the hill.
  • Quality of Life/Education: Our children play many sports including, soccer, swimming, baseball, football and countless other activities. Tracy must supply our children with the adequate facilities to compete in these sports and activities.



Profession:Mayor/State Police Sergeant
Police Sergeant, State of California (1996–current)
Mayor, City of Tracy — Elected position (2016–current)
Chair, South County Fire Authority — Appointed position (2010–current)
Chair, San Joaquin County Council of Government — Appointed position (2016–current)
Council Member, City of Tracy — Elected position (2010–2016)
Mayor Pro tem, City of Tracy — Appointed position (2015–2016)


Humphrey's School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (2008)
Sacramento State University Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice (1995)
San Joaquin Delta College Associate of Arts, Administration of Justice (1993)
Tracy High School Diploma, General (1991)

Community Activities

Advisor, Tracy High School Bulldog Project (Anti-Bullying) (2013–current)
Advisor, Kimball High School Jaguar Project (Anti-Bullying) (2016–current)
Member, Elks Lodge (2012–current)
Member, St. Bernard's (1973–current)
Member, City/School Liaison Committee (2010–current)


In early February 2010, Robert was approached by several Tracy residents urging him to seek the office of Tracy City Council. After prayerful consideration and family discussion, Robert decided to accept the challenge. His strong work ethic, leadership, family values, knowledge and education, and his desire to make Tracy a safer and more desirable place to live and work resonated with the voters.  In November 2010, the voters stood with Robert and he won the election.  Not only did Robert win, he received the most votes out of a field of nine candidates.  In 2014, Robert was overwhelmingly re-elected to the Tracy City Council. In 2015, Robert was voted unanimously as the Mayor Pro Tem.  In 2016, Robert was overwhelmingly elected to serve the residents of Tracy as their Mayor.

Bringing jobs and businesses to Tracy is one of Robert's top priorities.  Robert has fought hard to reduce fees, streamline the permit and building process, and cut the red tape that hinders businesses. 

Robert has lead the fight to reduce crime and gang violence.  Today, Tracy is one of the safest cities in the region.  Robert has fought to make sure that our public safety staff have adequate rescources to respond to our growing needs.  He has fought and passed city ordinances that combat blighted properties, abandoned shopping carts, and vagrancy related conduct.  Safer streets, safer community, better lives.

Robert understands that our children are our most precious resource and that we must supply our children with the activities and education they deserve.  Robert has led the fight to build the Legacy Fields sports park.  After twenty years of waiting, six new soccer fields have been built, with two more on the way.  Nine baseball/softball fields have been built with an additional field scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.  There are more exciting plans in the works to bring additional fields and activities.  
Legacy Fields will supply our children with the sports and activities they deserve, make Tracy a destination for regional sports tournaments, and enhance the local economy.  We are building something that we can be proud of.

Robert led the fight to make sure the 16 acre Aquatic Center became a reality.  Robert's goal is to break ground on this state of the art facility this summer.  The Aquatic Center will provide our children and families with a place to have fun and cool down in the hot days of summer.

Robert understood the need to expand the Lolly Hanson Senior Center and fought to make sure it happened.  Today, the expansion of the senior center is underway.  Robert also fought hard to make the Multi Generational Community and Recreational Center a reality.  Today, the Multi Generational Community and Recreational Center concept has been approved and is currently receiving public input on the types of amenities the center will provide.
Robert has fought hard to increase transparency and accountability.  He understands that elected officials and management work for the residents of Tracy and should be held at a higher standard. 

What about our children's education?  Education will prepare our children for the future.  They will be our teachers, police officer's, firefighters, politicians, lawyers, doctors and countless other professionals.  We must provide them with an opportunity to reach their full potential.   Robert supported and fought to bring higher education and vocational institutes to Tracy.  In fact, Notre Dame University of Belmont, CA. has opened a satellite campus in Tracy and are offering classes.   Robert led the conversation with Humphrey's College in Stockton to bring college and vocational classes to Tracy.

Robert has a proven track record for standing up for the residents of Tracy, even when it means being the lone voice of opposition.  When the city revealed a plan to place apartments at the Tracy Ballpark, Robert stood with the residents of Tracy to oppose the city plan. 

When the City Council debated what logo should be painted on the water tower in front of City Hall, Robert fought to make sure the "Tracy" logo painted in green and gold remained.  The water tower is the most photographed landmark in Tracy appearing in newspapers, magazines, and news programs. It's part of our historical past, legacy, and pride of Tracy. Robert fought hard to make sure that our history would be around for future generations to enjoy.  

Robert has not forgotten his roots or whom he works for.  Today, he continues to be an independent voice that fights for what is in the best interest for Tracy and its residents.


The Rickman family arrived in Tracy in 1927 from Arkansas.  Robert's great-grandfather worked for Holly Sugar.  Robert's grandfather worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad.  Robert's father continued the tradition working for the railroad until his retirement in 2007 after 42 years.  Robert's older brother continues the railroad tradition and his younger brother works for the Tracy Police Department.

Robert's mother's family (Tosta) immigrated to the United States in 1903 from the Azores and settled in California.  They would eventually move to Tracy in the 1930's and start and operate a dairy in Banta.


Robert's forty-four years old and a third generation Tracyite.  He's married and has two beautiful daughters (15 and 16).  Robert attended school in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School in 1991.  Robert attended San Joaquin Delta College and Sacramento State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree.  Robert graduated from Humphrey's School of Law in 2008 with a Juris Doctor degree.  While at Humphrey's, Robert was involved in the small claims clinic.  Robert assisted residents in San Joaquin County on a diversity of issues and court procedures.  Robert was also a member of the prestigious Inns of Court.


Robert's currently a State Police Sergeant and works in the Tracy area.  Since 1996, Robert has worked in San Francisco, Castro Valley, Dublin, Stockton, and Tracy.  Some of his experience and training include, member of the San Mateo Gang Task Force, Patrol, Drug Recognition Expert, Training Officer, Evidence Officer, Firearms, and Public Affairs Officer.

Robert continues to keep the citizens of Tracy safe by removing impaired drivers, drugs, and guns from our streets and out of our neighborhoods and community.  Robert enforces traffic laws to make sure that when you leave home you return safe.  He has conducted several hundred presentations at local schools and businesses concerning drugs, alcohol, gangs, and traffic safety. Furthermore, Robert served as an adjunct professor at ITT Technical Institute and served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Humphrey's College.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Gary Hampton, Tracy Police Chief (Retired)
  • Tracy Firefighters Association

Organizations (2)

  • San Joaquin-Calaveras Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • San Joaquin Building Trades

Individuals (1)

  • James Willett, District Attorney of San Joaquin County (Retired)

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