Candidate: Victor Ramos

Background

I was born and raised in Bishop. I graduated from Bishop High School in 1971, and attended Del Mar College. I have two children, Victor Ramos Jr., 24, and Mary Beth, 21.

I am a past member of the Bishop Evening Lions Club. I was the 2000 Professional Business Person of the Year of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. I am the former president of the Bishop Economic Development Corporation, Co/Chair for the Bishop Centennial Parade Committee, coordinator of Emergency Management in Bishop, and coordinator for Toys for Tots in the Bishop, Driscoll and Petronila area.

What is the most pressing issue facing the City of Bishop?

The first pressing issue is emergency medical service. The second pressing issue is flooding and standing water. After a good rain, water just sits there.

How would you work to address this?

I was instrumental in putting together a team of leaders to go to the Commissioners Court to start the entity that will be known as Emergency Medical District 6. We will be voting on that on May 8.

I worked with The City of Driscoll and The Bishop Consolidated Independent School District so that all three of us could fund ambulance service through December of 2010.

I have started a long-term solution on this issue with Public Works Director Albert Guajardo to address the water issue.

We are no longer digging ditches to hold water, but rather to make water run down stream to the creeks.

We will be saving thousands and thousands of taxpayers' dollars by doing the work ourselves.

I know its going to take years to finish this project, but we have to start somewhere.