Former JP runs for commissioners court
NAME: Annie Ramos
OCCUPATION: Former justice of the peace
A Victoria woman wants to make her mark in a court historically dominated by men.
Former Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Annie Ramos, 64, joined the six-person race for the Democratic Party's nomination for commissioners court.
"I've always been a public servant," Ramos said. "I think I can help more people as a commissioner than a justice of the peace."
Early voting for the primary election opens May 14.
Ramos has seven years of experience working as a clerk and receptionist for the parks and recreation department in Austin, and 30 years experience working in various levels of Victoria County government, including secretary to the fire marshal, Spanish interpreter and assistant to the justice of the peace. For the past 15 years, she served as Precinct 1 justice of the peace.
As a justice of the peace, Ramos said her responsibilities were limited to enforcing laws. She hopes as a commissioner she will be able to help pass regulations that will benefit the community.
"If it's God's will, I will win," she said. "I'm not intimidated by the men who are running."
"I'm not afraid of doing a man's job ... and I'm not afraid to ask for help," Ramos said.
Some of her goals as commissioner include working with area school districts to address truancies, protecting employee's retirement benefits and enrolling in continuing education seminars.
She said she wants to put her focus on Bloomington and Placedo.
"That area needs uplifting," she said.
She also said she wants to address the county's "growing pains" by working on streets in and around Port of Victoria, working with developers to plan roadways and examining available tax abatements for potential businesses.