Candidate Statement

Lourdes Ramirez

Lourdes Ramirez for Sarasota County Commission

Dedicated to serving the citizens of Sarasota County:

As an engaged citizen in Sarasota for more than a decade, I have strived to be a positive force for the good of the community. I have spent the last 12 years working on neighborhood issues and advocating for citizens at county public meetings. As a County Commissioner, I will continue to listen to the concerns of citizens and businesses and will not cave in to special interests.

As part of my grass roots campaign, I decided to get on the ballot by using the petition process. Instead of paying the $5,000 qualifying fee, I spent weeks walking neighborhoods and attending events asking citizens to sign a petition to get my name on the ballot. Determination, hard work and with the help of volunteers, I managed to get the 3,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot; 2,000 of those signatures were obtained in just 8 weeks!

Solid Business Experience:

I spent more than 20 years working for and advising Fortune 500 companies, advancing solutions, developing new ideas and marketing new growth opportunities. Not only must we provide jobs, but we must also provide education and training necessary to attract and keep businesses.


Background:

• Iona College, MBA

• CONA (Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations), president

• Sarasota Republican Club, board member

• SK Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition, steering committee and fundraising co-chair

• CGN Citizen of the Year 2012

• Siesta Key Association, former director and president

For more information, visit www.LourdesRamirez.net