Meet Alyssa Ramirez

Alyssa Ramirez

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What is your background and campaign platform?
My background includes education, community outreach, and building non-profits. I have a B.S. in Biology from St. Edward's University and a Master of Public Health from USC. Active leadership is imperative. I plan on taking a proactive approach in finding solutions to current challenges associated with: infrastructure for our rapidly growing county, the bogging down of our governmental systems, effectively allocating federal funds for county resources, and our current justice system.
When decisions of equitable pay come before the Commissioner’s Court, how will you determine how to cast your vote?
I will determine my vote based on data, facts, and need. Understanding the importance of a living wage, how proper staffing can alleviate inefficiencies in the justice system, and comparing the climbing cost of living to current wages will be key in making my decisions. I will also take into account what the experts and people directly affected by my vote recommend.
What are the budgetary priorities for Hays County as you see them?
To me, the main priority would be creating better solutions to the ridiculous amount of taxpayer money the county commissioners have signed off on to send our neighbors, mostly who have not even yet been convicted of a crime, hours away to different parts of the state. Exploring evidence based practices, collaborating with other professionals, and actively seeking more effective ways to utilize our taxes is at the top of the priority list.
Hays Co is growing rapidly. What are some positives and negatives of this growth?
Change is beautiful and can be extremely positive. New people, businesses, food, art, and culture in a community can provide such vibrancy to everyone’s life. However, growth can become problematic if it’s not properly planned for. Housing developments tend to go up without other necessary infrastructure or resources, environmental preservation seems to get pushed to the wayside in the name of progress, and property taxes seem to inflate causing displacement of long-time residents.
What do you envision the county to look like in the coming 50yrs regarding the environment, infrastructure, housing, and water?
I envision a county that has preserved and amplified the natural landscape we currently have along with dignified green space East of 35, bike lanes, safer roads, and efficient public transportation. Diversified types of housing, including ample affordable housing options, would be a dream. Regarding water, in 50 years I hope we have aggressive policies regarding water conservation, rainwater harvesting, and other water-efficient technologies to ensure this precious resource is still available.
What Democratic values will you apply to your work once elected?
I will apply the values of fairness, justice, and equality for all by standing up for all of those who are suffering, struggling, or have been left behind by systems not meant to serve them. Advocating for the best interest of my community, listening to the needs of those I serve, and taking seriously the impact my decisions will have on the broader future of this community are values I intend on upholding as a proud Democrat.