1. Who are you, and what are you running for?
I am Rick Ramos. I am your Conservative Republican candidate for the 308th Family District Court of Harris County, Texas. I was born in Cuba. When I was 9 years old, my family fled from Cuba to escape the communist dictator Fidel Castro. We left in the middle of the night on a small vessel in the heart of the Gulf storm season. Once we reached U.S. soil, we were given residency in the United States. My dad worked three jobs, and our family of four settled into a one bedroom apartment.
Now, I am a family law attorney. I am married and have three children. I am a Christian and a member of Faith Lutheran Church. I am a parent volunteer at my children’s school and very active with their extra curricular activities and daily routines. I have volunteered at the YMCA and coached in the Bellaire Little League system. Additionally, I am fluent in English and Spanish.
2. What kind of cases does this court hear?
This court is a family law court. So, it decides issues relating to families and children. Specifically, it has jurisdiction over divorces, child custody cases, child support issues, visitation rights, adoptions, protective orders, name changes, termination of parental rights, delivery and division of assets after divorce, spousal support, informal marriages, grandparent rights, and tort cases. Further, it has jurisdiction to preside over jury trials in certain cases under the family code.
3. Why are you running for this particular bench?
I am running for the 308th Family District Court because it is where I began my family law career. I clerked in this court before becoming a lawyer. I gained valuable knowledge about how this particular court operated; and, I got to know the Court’s staff both professionally and personally. Once I was licensed to practice law, I received numerous court-appointments from this court. Additionally, I have tried many of my private clients’ cases in the 308th Family District Court. Finally, I am seeking public office to serve this country that has been so good to me and my family.
4. What are your qualifications for this job?
I received my law degree from TSU law school in 2000, and graduated with magna cum laude honors. I have dedicated my law practice to the area of family law. I have tried bench and jury trials on every family law issue; was named Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars in 2004 and 2005 in the area of Family Law as voted by my peers; served as a court-appointed attorney in all family law courts; represented private clients in complex custody and property issues; served as a Family Law Mediator; and taught at the National Trial Institute for trial attorneys across this state.
5. Why is this race important?
This race is important because the presiding judge will be retiring at the end of this term. So, it is an empty seat. Therefore, the general public must elect the most qualified replacement.
6. Why should people vote for you in the primary?
I am the best candidate for this bench. Once elected, I will be successful because of my work ethic and knowledge of the law. My responsibility is to work hard and make sure cases in the 308th Family District Court are being handled timely and justly to avoid government waste of tax dollars or waste of the jury’s time. Additionally, family law courts are extremely overcrowded with thousands of filings per month. As judge, I would implement a 5 to 10 minute status hearing on each case prior to lengthy hearings and trials to set time restrictions and deadlines in the case so that these cases will not remain on the docket for years without any activity. Finally, I am the strongest, most qualified, publicly funded candidate to re-energize the GOP and take back Harris County in November 2010!
7. Why did you choose to run in the Republican Primary versus the Democratic Primary?
I am a very conservative Republican. I believe in less government intrusion, pro life, pro Second Amendment, strong military, pro religion, less taxes, family values, and marriage between a man and woman. I also strongly believe that Judges should follow the U.S. Constitution, strictly apply the rule of law, and not create new law. For more information on my credentials and qualifications please visit my website www.rickramosforjudge.com.
My campaign information:
Rick Ramos Campaign
P.O. Box 2783
Bellaire, Texas 77402
Tel: (713) 526-5600
Email: [email protected]