Bill Ramos Announces Candidacy for the Florida State Senate, District 28
After much soul searching, months of careful thought, and receiving hundreds of emails, phone calls and conversations with friends and supporters, the decision has been made. I am announcing my candidacy for the Florida State Senate, District 28. This district serves a portion of Palm Beach County, all of Martin County, Southern St Lucie County, a small corner of Okeechobee County, and the narrow coast line of Indian River County (map).
I begin this campaign with an experienced, full time campaign manager, Nick James, and we are organized, focused, and on a carefully managed timeline. Nick is available to discuss fundraisers, meet & greets, coffees, etc.. his email is Nick@BillRamos.com, or you can call him at (772) 224-8817. Of course, calling me directly is as easy as ever, (772) 214-2904.
Every successful campaign has fundraising goals to meet in each quarter. The first quarter of 2009 is crucial for securing early support so do not hesitate. Donate today and help make sure that this time, money is not an issue. Visit www.BillRamos.com to donate.
The journey ahead will be long and exciting. With the help of many good people, my good friends, and so many supporters, this journey will end in a victory that can change the direction our state has been lead in.
For The Florida State Senate
Stuart News Article
Democrat Bill Ramos eyes Pruitt Senate seat
By Jim Turner (Contact)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Democrat Bill Ramos, twice a candidate for state House, has his eyes set on the state Senate.
And Ramos, 49, of Jensen Beach, who is the second to announce for the District 28 seat of Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, has told those encouraging him to run again that he will only do so if the financial backing will be there.
The mortgage broker who works with a title company joins Republican Attorney Joe Negron, 47, a former state House representative and one-time candidate for U.S. Congress, who filed as a candidate for the office last June.
Pruitt, who can’t run again because of term limits, has endorsed Negron’s effort.
The district includes northern Palm Beach County, all of Martin County, southeastern Okeechobee County, southern St. Lucie County and shoots north along the eastern coast to the northern end of Indian River County.
Ramos expects he’ll need between $200,000 and $250,000 for the 2010 run.
He said his goals are the same as when he first ran in 2006, which include eliminating unfunded mandates from the state to the local level. He isn’t overwhelmed by the Republican dominance in control of the District 28 seat or of the Senate.
“In all truth, it’s a lot easier to pursue 40 (senators) than 120 (house members) and I’m confident in my ability to pursue because I don’t do it with anger and pettiness and I don’t toe the party line,” Ramos said. “My goal is for everyone.”
Ramos raised a little more than $20,000 in the state House 81 Democratic primary last August, about $70,000 less than winner Rep. Adam Fetterman, D-Port St. Lucie. Ramos received 40 percent of the primary vote.
In 2006, despite being outspent by a 13-to-1 margin, Ramos received almost 46 percent of the vote against then-incumbent Gayle Harrell in the state House 81 race.