Politics · Stockton

Tracy Councilwoman Vargas takes plunge for San Joaquin County Supervisor

Tracy City Councilwoman Veronica Vargas announced she is running for the District 5 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. 

Current District 5 Supervisor, Bob Elliot, will be termed out of office in 2020. 

Vargas was elected to the City Council in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. 

“When I first ran for City Council, I promised to make our community safer and bring more jobs to Tracy,” Vargas said in a release. “I am proud to say that during my time on council, property crimes, violent crimes and arrests have across the board seen a decrease, and we have added 5,500 new jobs to Tracy in the last four years.” 

Vargas immigrated to the United States from Argentina 26 years ago, and has lived in Tracy for over 20 years. 

She also serves as vice chair of the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Regional Rail Authority, which was a founding member of. The group is currently in the process of bringing Valley Link Rail to San Joaquin County, connecting the county to the Bay Area, starting in 2024. 

“I look forward to taking my record of achieving results to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors so that I can help do for District 5 what we accomplished in Tracy,” Vargas said. 

Vargas’ endorsements include Joaquin County Supervisor and Board Chair Miguel Villapadua, Manteca Mayor Benjamin Cantu and Stockton City Councilman Jesus Andrade. 

The primary election will be held on March 3, 2020, with the general election to follow in November. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.