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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.