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Mayor Ramirez Listens

My fellow Citizens of Santa Ramona, Recently, I had put out a question. In it, I asked you to speak your mind and submit your responses to said question. And astoundingly, I have heard much. The first of these responses I am going to share and respond below: Response: "Passion is for the betterment of the city. Issue is that people see the Mayoral Office being an ego trip (former Mayors and several future ones who have indicated that they're running for office)" I relate to the first half of this response. I too want to see a City United. And a few of my ideas, including festivals and social events are aimed at making this passion a reality for many people. Unfortunately, here in Santa Ramona we are divided. Many people see our great city divided in two hostile factions, between the North Side, and the South Side. I personally only see the City as a whole. And I recognize that not a lot of people agree with the way I run things. But this is also why I made this Q&A. Because I want to hear you, the Citizens of Santa Ramona, I want to know what you're passionate about, what you're wishing could come out of this great city. This helps me get the best idea on how to approach running things from this day forward. When it comes to your issue, I had noticed this in the last election. When it came to my campaign, I was attacked and slandered on both sides. People falsified information about me, and even used a past mistake to attempt to discredit and try to damage my reputation. Nevertheless, I persisted and because of the people of Santa Ramona rallying, I am now sitting here writing this response to the question I posed. And I thank you. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts had been quoted to say "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." Even though it was a book intended for Young Adults, I was taught a lot simply because of this one quote. What I learned is below: 1. A Leader puts aside their own personal interests for the betterment of others, and for the greater good. If we recall in the 5th Book, Harry led a group called 'Dumbledore's Army' and taught a group of fellow students who otherwise would have not physically learned anything capable of Defense. 2. A Leader is someone who has been through various forms of adversity. As we recall, Harry was orphaned as an infant, he lived with abusive and neglectful relatives, and never had anything handed to him for the first half of his life. 3. A Leader is someone who doesn't give up, and picks themselves up when they're knocked down. 4. A Leader is a person with integrity, and can be an example for others. The title of Mayor is not something I take lightly. Matter of fact, it is probably the hardest job I've had in my Civilian Life next to being a father. I have spent many sleepless nights, sacrificed many hours of personal time, and money to coming up with policies, ideas, and working with other officials to bettering this community. This is not a job that is used to boost your ego, or increase your power and status in this community, it is WORK, often constant work. If it's not, then you're exercising your authority as Mayor wrong. If you take on this role, you better expect to keep moving and not stop until you're either voted out, resign, or retire. God Bless You, and God Bless Santa Ramona! Sincerely, Mayor Roman Ramirez