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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos,

The Ohio and Vicinity Regional Council of Carpenters is pleased to inform you that we are proud to endorse your candidacy for the Ohio House of Representatives 56th District.

We believe that your commitment about issues facing Ohio and your desire to enhance the quality of life for Ohio citizens is what our legislature needs. We feel that this will be beneficial to Ohio and our 18,000 plus Carpenters and their families.

On behalf of our Executive Board and our affiliated Local Unions, we wish you the best of luck for a successful campaign and a November election victory. We are looking forward to working with you in the legislature. Please feel free to utilize this endorsement in any appropriate and ethical manner during your campaign.

AFSCME Power in Action Endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Dan:

This letter is to inform you that your candidacy for State Representative in District 56 has been endorsed by AFSCME Power in Action. AFSCME Power in Action represents more than 72,000 men and women in Ohio. Our more than 45,000 active members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 provide vital public services in cities, counties, hospitals, public schools and institutions of higher learning. Our retirees, members of AFSCME Retiree Chapter 1184, continue to play an active role in our grassroots efforts.

As you are aware, Ohio will continue to face many challenges in the next General Assembly. The members of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and Retiree Chapter 1184 stand ready to work with you to craft legislation that will benefit all Ohioans.

AFSCME Power in Action wishes you the best in your election efforts.

Ohio Association of Public School Employees endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos

Congratulations! Your candidacy has been endorsed by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4, AFL-CIO).

OAPSE represents more than 45,000 working men and women who daily perform services in our public schools; public libraries; state, community and technical colleges; Head Start agencies; and Boards of Developmentally Disabled.

The OAPSE endorsement will be conveyed to all our members. In addition, our grass roots political operation will be encouraged to participate in your election effort.

I wish you every success on November 2nd, and look forward to working with you in the future for the betterment of Ohio.

United Transportation Union Endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos:

The Executive Committee of the Ohio State Legislative Board, United Transportation Union, a union that represents railroad operating personnel in Ohio, has endorsed your candidacy for State House of Representatives in the 2010 General Election.

It is our belief that if you are elected, you will take into consideration that concerns of our union and its membership and allow the general public to provide you with information that will permit you to make sound judgment decisions.

Our membership will be advised of this endorsement, with the request that they contact relatives, friends, and neighbors to actively support and vote for your election.

You are at liberty to use this letter to advise your constituents of this endorsement by the Ohio State Legislative Board of the United Transportation Union.

International Union of Operating Engineers Endorse Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Candidate Ramos:

Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers would like to take this opportunity to endorse your candidacy for election to the 56th District of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Thank you for your support of our issues.

Good luck and best wishes.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dan Ramos Receives Ohio Manufacturers’ Endorsement

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Political Action Committee (OMA-PAC) has announced its endorsement of Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) in his candidacy for the 56th District Ohio House race for the upcoming November election.

“Our goal is to help elect the most qualified candidates to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing,” said OMA president Eric Burkland. “With today’s endorsement, we’ve taken an important step in accomplishing that goal. Dan Ramos supports the issues that are important to Ohio manufacturers and their employees and understands that a strong manufacturing sector leads to a healthier economy, good jobs and improved quality of life for all Ohioans. We are pleased to support him.”

Candidate endorsements are made by the OMA-PAC board of directors based on a variety of information including public records and member support in the district.

Dan Ramos is seeking his first term in the Ohio House representing the 56th District, which includes Lorain, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, South Amherst, parts of Elyria, and the townships of Amherst, Elyria, New Russia, and Sheffield.

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association is a volunteer-driven organization of more than 1,500 large-, medium- and small-sized member companies that serves as the voice of manufacturers in the Ohio General Assembly and before state regulatory agencies. The OMA’s mission is to protect and grow Ohio manufacturing. Learn more at


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Names Dan Ramos Friend of Agriculture, Endorses him for State Representative

Dear Candidate Ramos,

On Behalf of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (OFBF-AGGPAC), we are pleased to inform you that you have received the “2010 Friend of Agriculture” designation for your strong support of Ohio agriculture.

Ohio’s 78,000 farms are the backbone of the state’s $98 billion agricultural industry, which employs one out of seven Ohioans. Ensuring a safe, affordable and widely available food supply is a goal all Ohioans share and we are especially proud to partner with you in advancing public policy that supports this goal.

Please feel free to use the “Friend of Agriculture” designation in your campaign as you feel appropriate and helpful. For our part, we will be listing your “Friend of Agriculture” status in our election guide, which will be mailed to more than 60,000 farm families in late-September. You will also be listed as a “Friend of Agriculture” on OFBF’s Election website:

If you have any questions or we may be of further assistance, please contact us. Thank you for your willingness to serve the people of Ohio and for your strong support of agriculture.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chronicle Telegram: Elect Dan Ramos in 56th state district

It’s easy to imagine a voter sizing up the candidates on the ballot in the 56th state House District and asking himself: “Where’s Joe Koziura’s name?”

After all, the name has been there over and over again. Koziura has been in the state House for an incredible 11 two-year terms, including the last four in a row.
Such longevity is increasingly rare among state legislators because of term limits, which restrict them to a maximum eight consecutive years in office.

Koziura can’t run again for the House — he’s runnin
g for Lorain County commissioner instead — and voters in the district will have to choose between two

Neither Henry “Skip” Lewandowski Jr., 50, the Republican candidate, nor Dan Ramos, 29, the Democrat, has run for office before, but their race nonetheless
pits an outsider against an insider.

Lewandowski, an associate professor in the business division at Baldwin Wallace College, is trained in engineering and has worked in academia and business, including for companies that supply the military and the automotive industry. He held administrative positions at Lorain County Community College from 1998 to 2005.

Until Ramos became a candidate, he was a senior policy analyst to House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood.

Before that, he worked as a policy aide to then Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, and a legislative aide to Koziura, D-Lorain.

Lewandowski is older and has a more varied resume, which he contends give him an advantage on Ramos in terms of life experience.

Maybe so, but the key experience here is legislative experience, especially with the state facing a huge budget deficit.

Ramos has been working in the General Assembly since before his graduation from The Ohio State University in 2003.

He knows the drill and the leaders who will conduct it.

Beyond that, Ramos seems to us mature beyond his years.

He is knowledgeable and driven but soft-spoken and realistic. In terms of personality, he is a sort of anti-Koziura, neither brash nor profane like his mentor.

We believe he is better-prepared than Lewandowski to replace Koziura, and we recommend that voters in the district elect him.

The district includes Lorain, the 5th and 6th wards in Elyria, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, South Amherst, a slice of Amherst and the townships of Amherst, New Russia and Sheffield. Most of Elyria Township and a small portion of Carlisle Township are also in the district.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen endorse Dan Ramos for State Representative

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) a subsidiary of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters extended Lorain, Ohio native Dan Ramos their endorsement for Ohio House of Representatives today.

“Dan Ramos has keen knowledge of the inner workings of the Ohio House” said Tim Hanely, Chairman of the Ohio State Legislative Board. His Main Street USA background makes him an ideal representative for the people” Hanely added.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is the oldest labor organization in North America. A division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Rail Conference, its 60,000-member union is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters endorse Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos,

On the behalf of over 10,000 members of the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, it is my great pleasure to announce your endorsement for election as State Representative of the 56th Ohio House District.

We are certain that you will serve your constituents with pride and distinction.

We look forward to working with you in the upcoming session.

Once again, thank you for your leadership on matters on public safety.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ohio State Medical Association Endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Candidate Ramos:

Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that the Ohio State Medical Association Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) has endorsed your candidacy for the 2010 General Election.

As the political voice for our 20,000 physician, resident and medical student members, the OSMAPAC is proud to endorse your candidacy. Ohio physicians face a myriad of issues, including managed care reform, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, scope of practice, medical liability concerns, public health issues and the implementation of the federal health system reform legislation. We look forward to working with you on these and other important health care policy issues when you are elected in November.

The OSMAPAC Board of Directors made endorsements based on the following criteria:

  • A candidate’s philosophy on medical issues
  • A candidate’s voting record (if applicable)
  • A candidate’s completed OSMAPAC questionnaire (if applicable)
  • A candidate’s interview (if applicable)
  • District demographics and a candidate’s ability to win
  • Recommendations from local OSMA members

Best of luck in your campaign. You are welcome to publicize this endorsement. Let us know if we can be of any assistance in the coming months.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ohio Nurses Association Endorses Dan Ramos

Dear Dan Ramos,

The Ohio Nurses Associations's Political Contributing Entity (ONA PCE) is pleased to endorse you as the candidate for the Ohio House in the 56 House District. The Ohio Nurses Association recognizes your effords on behalf of Ohio's nurses and patients, and thanks you for your support.

Thank you for your support of nursing issues and your concern with the health of all Ohioans.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teamsters Ohio Drive endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos:

The Screening Committee of TEAMSTERS OHIO D.R.I.V.E. has met and reviewed your candidacy for public office. After careful consideration of the candidates seeking office, and based upon your qualifications, record and your representations to support working men and women in general and those issues affecting Teamster families in particular, TEAMSTERS OHIO D.R.I.V.E. is proud to announce that it has endorsed your candidacy for the November 2, 2010 general election. Accordingly, this letter serves to authorize you to represent to the public that you are an endorsed candidate of TEAMSTERS OHIO D.R.I.V.E. Further, you may use this designation throughout your campaign, for this office only.

Congratulations on the TEAMSTERS OHIO D.R.I.V.E. endorsement for the November 2nd election and, on behalf of the Ohio Teamsters and their families, we wish you success in this fall’s election and in your future endeavors.

Sincerely yours,


Friday, July 30, 2010

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association endorses Dan Ramos for State Representative

Dear Mr. Ramos,

We are pleased to inform you that the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Statewide Grassroots Committee has endorsed your candidacy for the November 2, 2010 general election.

The OCSEA Statewide Grassroots Committee is the political voice of approximately 32,000 state and local government employees who are members of OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11. From now until the election, we will be contracting our members and their families in your district to convey the importance of this election, as well as providing education regarding your candidacy.

Please feel free to publicize this endorsement in any manner you believe will benefit your candidacy.

We look forward to working with you in the future.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ohio AFL-CIO endorses Dan Ramos

Dear Dan,

I am pleased to announce that the Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board endorsed your candidacy for the 2010 General Election. On behalf of Ohio’s working families we are counting on and appreciate your support of organized labor and our issues. Congratulations and best of luck on your campaign.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ohio Education Association Endorses Ramos

June 14, 2010

Mr. Dan Ramos
1828 West 38th Street
Lorain, OH 44053

Dear Mr. Ramos:

Congratulations! This letter is to advise you of the decision of the Ohio Education Association Fund for Public Education (OEA-FCPE) to recommend your election to the Ohio House of Representatives in HD #56.

This decision was made by the OEA-FCPE Screening Committee after careful review of your written responses to our questionnaire. Your responses in the personal interview were also important for our evaluation process.

Please feel free to communicate the recommendation of the OEA-FCPE. We wish you a successful campaign and look forward to celebrating your victory in November.


Debbie Bernauer, Chairperson
OEA-FCPE Screening Committee, HD #56

Friday, May 7, 2010

The rise of a mentor and his apprentice - Chronicle Telegram

Dan Ramos emerged as a political force in Lorain County on Tuesday. His mentor, Joe Koziura, reemerged.

In winning the Democratic nomination for Koziura’s seat in the state House, Ramos, 28, proved himself an apt student of politics and proved Koziura an effective teacher. Not long after Ramos, of Lorain, graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in political science, he became an aide to Koziura in Columbus.

He went on to serve as an aide to House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, and translated his experience in the Legislature and in others’ campaigns for the state House into victory Tuesday in a four-way race for the 56th District seat.

Koziura, 60, defeated five other candidates to win the Democratic nomination for county commissioner, proving himself a force outside the confines of his safefor- Democrats House district. He ran for commissioner in part because he had reached the limit on the number of terms he could serve in the House. His victory in the primary dispelled doubts that he could win any other office, doubts that grew out of his losses in 1999 and 2003 in races for mayor of Lorain.

Ramos and Koziura are an odd pair, to be sure.

“I learned a lot from Joe,” Ramos told us in April, “but we’re very different people.”

No kidding. Ramos, the son of a teacher at Lorain County Community College and former member of the Lorain school board, is reserved and academic in demeanor. Koziura, son of a steelworker, is blunt and profane.

Despite the differences in personality and age, both men benefited from living in Lorain, the county’s biggest and most Democratic community. The only candidate in the House race from outside Lorain, Richard Williams of New Russia Township, finished last. Koziura and the other commissioner candidate from Lorain, Bret Schuster, finished first and third. Vic Stewart III, the second-place finisher, is from Elyria.

Ramos and Koziura also share front-runner status as they head into the general election. Henry Lewandowski Jr. of Lorain is the Republican candidate for the House seat. He was unopposed in the primary.

Thomas Williams Jr. of Elyria defeated Maurice Corbin III of Columbia Station for the GOP nomination for commissioner. Independents Kirk Stewart of Elyria, Vic Stewart’s brother, and Mike Nunez of Penfield Township are also in the race.

If Koziura wins in November, the commissioner’s job likely will cap a long career in public office.

Ramos could hardly find a better example of political durability.

Dan Ramos wins 56th District primary - Chronicle Telegram

Dan Ramos wins 56th District primary



LORAIN — Former legislative aide Dan Ramos defeated former Lorain County Board of Elections Director Jose Candelario and two other contenders in the Democratic primary to replace state Rep. Joe Koziura, D-Lorain, who term limits will force from office at the end of the year.

Ramos, a Lorain native who once worked for Koziura in Columbus, took 3,033 votes, or 34.7 percent of the vote, compared to the 2,812 ballots cast for Candelario, or 32.2 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the elections board.

Maria Zampieri Vitale, a former child support investigator and union leader, finished third in the four-way race with 1,951 votes, or 22.3 percent of the vote.

Former New Russia Township Trustee Dick Williams took 10.8 percent of the vote, with 942 ballots cast for him.

Erin Sync, left, a supporter and volunteer with the Dan Ramos (center) campaign, and supporter Cheri Campbell view figures a Mutt & Jeff's in Lorain. Ramos was "cautiously optimistic" for a turn around in those early figures, but it was not to be.  photo by Chuck Humel

“I’m very happy,” Ramos, 28, said. “We worked very hard and knocked on over 10,000 doors.”

Ramos will face Republican Henry Lewandowski Jr., who was unopposed in his party’s primary, in the November election.

“The plan’s basically the same,” Ramos said. “I’m going to keep talking to people.”

In addition to working for Koziura — who won the Democratic primary in the county commissioner race Tuesday — Ramos also served as a senior aide to Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish before leaving the job in December to run for office.

Candelario, 30, said he was disappointed by the results of the election, but he would support Ramos.

“Dan’s going to do a great job representing the district,” he said. “We’re going to hold him accountable, but also help him.”

Candelario, who spent four years at the helm of the elections board before leaving to run for office earlier this year, didn’t rule out a future run for office.

“If the opportunity to serve presents itself, I’ll be there,” he said.

Vitale, 60, said she had expected to see better results, but complimented Ramos on running a clean campaign.

“No one goes into this and quits their job at my age to run if they don’t think they’re going to win,” she said.

Dan Ramos claims Democratic primary for 56th District seat - Morning Journal

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LORAIN — Dan Ramos, a former legislative aide to Joe Koziura, won the Democratic primary yesterday for the 56th Ohio House District over Jose Candelario, former head of the county elections board, according to unofficial results. The Lorain County Board of Elections results showed only 220 votes separate the two candidates as Ramos received 3,033 votes to 2,812 votes for Candelario.

The current representative, Koziura, D-Lorain, was prohibited by term limits from running in the primary.

Ramos, 28, who has also served as a senior policy analyst to House Speaker Armond Budish, said he was quite pleased with the victory.

“We knocked on more than 10,000 doors,” Ramos said. “My message has been one of more job creation, better access to higher education and trying to better our area. I look forward to continuing to spread that message throughout the rest of the election season.”

Ramos said the 56th district has an abundance of positive elements.

“We have incredible infrastructure, and a great population of workers,” he said. “We have to retool our factories and bring in new industries. Wind power and solar power have been expanding and bringing new jobs to Ohio. I think we’re especially suited to succeed in those kinds of industries.Candelario said he and his supporters have thrown all their support to Ramos.

“We ran a great campaign and the best candidate won,” Candelario said. He said his plans now are to spend more time with his family.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Plain Dealer Endorsement

The Plain Dealer endorses Dan Ramos in the Democratic primary for Ohio House District 56: editorial

By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board

April 29, 2010, 4:15AM

ramos.jpgDan RamosENDORSEMENT

District 56 covers western Lorain County. Early voting has begun in the May 4 Democratic primary.


Jose A. Candelario, 30, former director of the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Dan Ramos, 28, former senior policy analyst for Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish.

Maria Zampieri Vitale, 60, former child-support investigator for Lorain County.

Richard S. Williams, 78, New Russia Township trustee.


Term limits are forcing incumbent Democratic Rep. Joseph Koziura out, but his district is fortunate enough to have four bright, energetic Democrats vying to replace him. Ramos, who has worked in Columbus as a legislative aide since 2005, appears to be the most ready to hit the ground running.

Ramos describes his recent work experience as local advocacy on behalf of students at Lorain County Community College, residents with medical problems and entrepreneurs. He has more to learn, but his legislative experience gives him the edge over his equally likable and eager opponents.

Candelario, who weathered a storm at the Board of Elections last year, when a candidate's election filing went missing, clearly has a passion for Lorain County. Williams has extensive political experience at the township level. Vitale is a fierce believer in Lorain's revival, who wants to capitalize on Third Frontier funds and promote waterfront tourism.

Ramos' broad political experience makes him the most plausible candidate.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican challenger Henry S. Lewandowski Jr. in November.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Morning Journal Endorsement

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ramos best choice for Democrats on May 4 for 56th House District

Of the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the open 56th Ohio House seat on May 4, 28-year-old Dan Ramos of Lorain has the most experience and knowledge dealing with the Ohio Legislature and the Statehouse.

Beginning in 2000, while attending The Ohio State University and serving as a page for then Minority Leader Chris Redfern, the 1999 Lorain Admiral King grad has learned the ropes in Columbus.

That expertise and youthful energy will be important to help Lorain and the other communities making up the 56th District compete for jobs.

Joseph Koziura, the current 56th District representative, who is stepping down this year due to term limits, had Ramos as his legislative aide from 2005 to 2007. Ramos then worked two years as a policy aide for House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus. When Democrats captured the House in 2008, he became a senior policy analyst for House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood.

The three other Democrats in the race have experience in life and government service, but they can’t match Ramos’ knowledge and expertise at the state level.

Jose Candelario, 30, Lorain, is the former director of the Lorain County Board of Elections. Richard Williams, 78, is a former New Russia Township trustee and is a past president of the Ohio Township Association. Maria Zampieri Vitale, 60, is a former child support enforcement investigator with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The Democratic nominee will face Republican Henry Lewandowski Jr. of Lorain in the fall. Lewandowski is unopposed in the May primary.

The Democratic leaning 56th District includes Lorain, Sheffield Lake, Oberlin, South Amherst, Amherst Township, New Russia Township, Sheffield Township, along with portions of Elyria, Amherst, Elyria Township and Carlisle Township.

Ramos has the ability, intelligence and energy to hit the ground running to best serve Lorain County in Columbus next year. That’s why 56th District Democrats should choose Dan Ramos as their nominee in the May 4 primary election.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chronicle-Telegram Endorsement

Four Democrats with lots of experience in govern ment are running to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives. The youngest one has the most perti nent experience.

Dan Ramos, 28, has spent more time in the Statehouse than any of his rivals.

From 2005 to 2007 he served as an aide to state
Rep. Joe Koziura, D-Lorain, whose depar ture later this year because of term limits has sparked the four-way primary to replace him as representative from the 56th District.

In 2007 and 2008, Ramos served as a policy aide to House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, focusing on the state’s higher education budget.

In 2009 he served as one of four senior policy ana lysts in the office of House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, with a concentration on higher educa tion funding and health care.

No one else in the race can match Ramos’ familiari ty with the issues the Legislature has debated in the past five years, its rules and mores, and its leaders.

Which is not to dismiss the experience of the other candidates: Jose Candelario, 30, former director of the Lorain County Board of Elections; Richard Williams, 78, former New Russia Township trustee; and Maria Zampieri Vitale, 60, former child support enforcement investigator with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

They’ve all held important jobs, and they all have a higher profile in the county than Ramos, who has spent most of his time in Columbus since graduating from Admiral King High School in 1999, first at The Ohio State University, then at the Statehouse. He is the son of Raul Ramos, former member of the Lorain school board.

He has used the time in Columbus well, not only becoming familiar with the Legislature but developing a sophisticated understanding of the challenges the state and the county face and a sense of what’s politi cally practical. He is best positioned among the Democrats to guarantee that the district will continue have an experienced representative. We recommend that Democrats nominate him May 4.

The Democratic nominee will face Henry Lewandowski Jr. of Lorain in the fall. Lewandowski is unopposed in the Republican primary.

The 56th District includes Lorain, Elyria’s 5th and 6th wards, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, South Amherst, Amherst Township, New Russia Township, Sheffield Township, most of Elyria Township, and some of Carlisle Township and Amherst.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dan Ramos validated to run for State Representative, Opponent's baseless accusations withdrawn.

LORAIN – Dan Ramos’ candidacy for State Representative in the 56th District was validated today in the Lorain County Board of Elections. He was challenged by a political opponent in the primary, who presented no evidence to support his case.

“It goes to show that my opponent, even after years of being director of the Board of Elections, lacks a basic understanding of Ohio’s elections laws and the Ohio Constitution” said Ramos. “This proves that we need our new State Representative to have real experience and understanding of Ohio’s laws and legislative processes” continued Ramos. “I have years of legislative experience in the Ohio House of Representatives, and can start working on day one.”

“I am happy to put this baseless accusation behind me. I will continue to do what I have been doing all along, talking to real people about real issues that affect their lives such as creating new, good paying jobs, renovating our neighborhoods and downtowns, and improving the quality of education” added Ramos.

Ramos is a Lorain native, a graduate of Lorain City Schools and The Ohio State University. He has served as Senior Policy Analyst to House Speaker Armond Budish and Legislative Aide to Representative Koziura.

The 56th District includes the cities of Lorain, Oberlin, Sheffield Lake, and South Amherst, as well as all of Amherst Township, New Russia Township, and Sheffield Township. The District also includes parts of Elyria, Amherst, Carlisle Township, and Elyria Township.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Former Koziura rep Dan Ramos running to succeed him

The Chronicle-Telegram

Filed by Chronicle-Telegram Staff January 12th, 2010 in Top Stories.

LORAIN — Dan Ramos, of Lorain, a former aide to state Rep. Joe Koziura, D-Lorain, is running to succeed him in the Legislature.



Until last month, Ramos, 28, was senior policy analyst in the office of Armond Budish, Democratic speaker of the state House. He served as Koziura’s sole aide from 2005 to 2007.

In his most recent job, which Ramos gave up to seek Koziura’s seat, he advised Budish and the Democratic Party leadership and oversaw a team of policy analysts, according to his resume. He concentrated on the issues of health care and higher education funding.

Ramos, who is a graduate of Admiral King High School and The Ohio State University, has not held elective office, spending most of his career working for the Democratic Party and its leaders in the House.

“I’m the only person who has Statehouse experience,” he said in response to a question about why voters should elect him. “That’s what we need, somebody who can hit the ground running.”

Koziura is leaving the House because of term limits, and his 56th District seat already has attracted the attention of another Democrat, Jose Candelario, who announced last month that he intended to seek the seat and resign his post as director of the Lorain County Board of Elections.

The deadline to file petitions to seek the seat is Feb. 18.

The district includes Lorain, Sheffield Lake, Oberlin and South Amherst; Amherst, New Russia and Sheffield townships; and parts of Elyria, Amherst and Carlisle and Elyria townships.