Councilmember James Ramos, D-Highland, will seek another four-year term in the state Legislature.
Ramos announced Wednesday, January 11, that he will be running for re-election in Council District 45, after The 40th district was redrawn in December.
“It is an honor to represent the Inner Empire,” Ramos was quoted as saying in a press release released by his campaign office. “My focus will continue to be on creating jobs, improving the mental health of our young people, and working to keep our communities safe.”
Ramos was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, after six years on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Elected in 2018, he was the first California Native American to serve in Congress. Ramos is a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe and a former president of the San Manuel Indians Band. He is a longtime resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation.
The new 45th guild includes parts of Fontana, Highland, Rialto, Redlands and San Bernardino and an unpopulated part of Rancho Cucamonga.
Ramos’ campaign office notes that prior to the redistricting, he represented more than half of District 45, and that is an area with strong Democratic leanings, which Governor Gavin Newsom won on 2018 with more than 60% of the votes.
After the new state and congressional district maps were finalized on December 20, other San Bernardino County legislators announced their plans for reelection:
- On December 21, Thurston “Smitty” Smith, R-Apple Valley, announced that he would seek re-election in the newly created Council District 34, which includes the urbanized portions of Council District. 33, along with the Lancaster cities of Los Angeles County. and Palmdale.
- On December 27, Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear, announced that he would seek re-election in the new 23rd Congressional District, comprising 85% of his current voters, plus Loma Linda, Yucaipa , Calimesa and the southern half of the Redlands.
- On January 6, Majority leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Colton, announced that she will seek re-election in the newly redrawn 50th Convention District, which includes the cities of Loma Linda and Colton, and parts of Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino.
An elected official, Sen State. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, announced on January 4 that she would not be running for reelection in the newly created Senate District, which includes Rialto and San Bernardino and portions of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands and Upland, along with an unpopulated Loma Linda area.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/12/highland-lawmaker-james-ramos-announces-state-assembly-reelection-bid/ Highland legislator James Ramos announces State Assembly reelection bid – San Bernardino Sun