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Third District Candidate James Ramos Touts County Firefighters' Endorsement

Ramos is running for San Bernardino County supervisor in the Third District against incumbent Neil Derry.

Update 3:45 p.m. San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Local 935 has about 440 members, Local 935 president Ken Lewis said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Lewis, a San Bernardino County Fire Department captain, confirmed Local 935's endorsement of James Ramos for Third District county supervisor.

Posted 3:05 p.m. Third District challenger James Ramos, who is running to represent an area that includes Redlands and Loma Linda, announced Wednesday the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters labor union has endorsed his candidacy.

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Local 935 is part of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

"The announcement is another major blow to Neil Derry's campaign as a former supporter is now backing James Ramos in the November election," Ramos spokesman Andre Levesque said in a statement. "Previously Ramos announced the support of former Derry supporters SEBA and San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association."

Derry has yet to remove the County Firefighters from his website, Levesque said.

"He should edit his website immediately so he doesn't mislead voters," Levesque said. "I think he will notice that his endorsement list is shrinking quickly. Not a good sign for his reelection chances when the endorsement list gets smaller as Election Day approaches."

Derry laughed when he learned of Levesque's remarks.

"The firefighters withdrew their support because I proposed pension reform in the county of San Bernardino," Derry said in a phone interview. "And James Ramos opposed pension reform.

"I am not owned by public employee unions, unlike my opponent, who will do or say anything to get elected."

The Third District of San Bernardino County is home to about 407,000 residents and it covers roughly 2,700 square miles.

For more info about Ramos' campaign, visit www.RamosForSupervisor.com.

For more info about Derry's campaign, visit neilderry.com.

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Gregory Brittain October 11, 2012 at 05:22 AM
The headline would be more accurate to say the County Firefighters Union endorsed Mr. Ramos. Is the endorsement because of Mr. Ramos' positions on firefighting and fire prevention or Mr. Ramos' positions on salary, pension and other benefits for firefighters and other government employees? Salaries and retiree pension and healthcare benefits for government employees are bankrupting CA and local governments in CA. See the City of SB for an example. CA has $500 Billion in unfunded government employee pension benefits. How will Mr. Ramos balance the the interests of the taxpayers and the government employee unions that endorsed him? Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: "The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service."
SBSWZ October 11, 2012 at 06:38 AM
why did ramos chicken out at loma linda debate forum? he has skipped out on other public forums...will he continue to skip out on his duties as supervisor for fear of facing the public? what does he have to hide?
B.C. October 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Talk abut misleading voters. Ramos is the one who sent a mailer to my home with an Elephant logo and touting his Republican connections when he is really a big liberal Democrat. He should edit this immediately so he doesn't mislead voters.
J. Clayton October 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Vote to keep unions out of your paycheck. Not that voting is going to do much except forestall the inevitable. Apparently the REAL deficits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh5YbNYvVqM
Gregory Brittain October 15, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Please see the latest SB County Sentinal focusing or Mr. Ramos. http://inlandpolitics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Sentinel-Special-October2.pdf Without limitation, Mr. Ramos lives on the reservation so he does not have to pay CA income tax or property tax.

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