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Miller announces retirement, Ramos reaffirms his commitment as DA

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos
San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos
Courtesy of Michael Ramos

Rep. Gary Miller (R-31) today announced that he will not seek re-election to his congressional seat. The seat is one of several targeted by Democrats this election cycle.

“It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families. While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton. I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of this term,” Miller said in a statement.

Speculation that San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos would run for the seat was quickly quashed in a statement released this afternoon.

“Monday morning I pulled my nomination papers to run for my fourth term as San Bernardino County District Attorney. Two years ago I was approached by numerous community leaders to run for the 31st Congressional District. I chose to continue my work cleaning up corruption, protecting crime victims, making neighborhoods safe with aggressive anti-gang programs, and stopping the proliferation of human trafficking in our county.

“I still have much work to do in these areas. I wish all the candidates well in the 31st Congressional District; I will not be one of them. I will continue to proudly seek for my fourth term for a job that I genuinely cherish,” stated Ramos.

Critics of Ramos, specifically those under Grand Jury indictment, continue to spread rumors of that Ramos will be forced from office in the near future. His statement today reaffirms his commitment to press forward with the prosecution of Jeff Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk and Paul Biane. The four have pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges including bribery and extortion.

The charges came about after revelations of wrongdoing in a $102 million settlement with the County of San Bernardino. Burum is one of the Colonies partners who benefitted most from the settlement. The remaining three defendants are accused of facilitating the approval of the settlement from the county side.