San Manuel Tribal Member James Ramos failed to show at another community forum. This time in Yucca Mesa.
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:30 am
By Stacy Moore Hi-Desert Star
YUCCA MESA — Neil Derry, defending his county supervisor’s seat against James Ramos, said the challenger tells lies and doesn’t understand county issues during a speaking engagement Wednesday at the community center here.
The event was billed as a candidate forum, but Ramos did not attend. His office had told the hosting Homestead Valley Community Council that Ramos was already booked Wednesday night and on other nights suggested for a rescheduled forum, according to an email from his campaign manager and to Rick Sayers, president of the Homestead Valley council.
Ramos was at a meet-and-greet in Barstow Wednesday night. “My calendar filled up after the June election,” Ramos said in a telephone interview Thursday. “If we have something that’s been planned two months in advance, there’s a conflict,” he said.
Derry has appeared at a “forum” in Lucerne Valley that Ramos did not attend, and the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce is also planning an event without Ramos.
“The Ramos campaign has been very aggressive in making sure James attends as many local events as possible, plus holding meet and greets throughout the district. So far, we have held 46 meet and greets during this campaign, giving voters plenty of opportunities to meet James and ask him questions,” Betsy Starbuck, his campaign manager, wrote.
Derry had another explanation for the one-person forums: “I creamed him in Highland, basically wiped the floor with him, and everybody saw it,” Derry said, referring to one forum where the two candidates met. “He had no specifics; he spoke without understanding the real issues.”
Ramos disagreed with Derry’s assessment of the Highland debate. “Derry didn’t wipe the floor with me. He spent most of the time trying to explain his probation,” Ramos said. “I talked about creating jobs and easing regulations.
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