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Ramos first to qualify for district attorney’s race

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Three-term San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is the first and only candidate thus far to qualify for the ballot for the office of District Attorney. Ramos paid the $31,000 in fees for filing and a candidate statement. The filing deadline is March 7, 2014.

During his tenure, Ramos has worked to fight human trafficking, directed a successful crackdown on gangs, and brought out-of-control public officials to justice. His prosecution of Colonies partner Jeff Burum, former San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane, former Board of Supervisors Chief of Staff Mark Kirk, and former Board of Supervisors Chief of Staff Jim Erwin is the result of a $102 million settlement he says was tainted by bribery and extortion. That prosecution continues with new revelations coming to light just this past week.

Ramos’ current project is a state-wide initiative to reduce the appeals time for death row inmates. He is teaming up with three former California governors, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and George Deukmejian, to qualify the initiative.

Ramos will be on hand at a live remote broadcast with KFI’s John and Ken on Thursday at the Ayer’s Hotel in Ontario to discuss the initiative and collect signatures. The event begins at 3 p.m.

But it is those things he has already accomplished that is the basis for his bid for re-election. “My Gang Unit Has Delivered Results -- Since its inception we have put over 4,600 gang members in state prison for 35,445 years, including 240 life terms,” he writes in his candidate statement. “I am endorsed by Crime Victims United, California’s most influential victims’ rights organization.”

He also touts the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit he created. “Since 2009 I have aggressively pursued those that enslave young women in the sex trade. We formed the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit to stop the exploitation of young victims.” The unit has made state-wide headlines.

Ramos has raised over $200,000 for his re-election campaign. To learn more, check out joinmikeramos.com.

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