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    Armando Ramirez was sworn in on January 8, 2013, as the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the 9th Judicial District, Osceola County. He became the first Puerto Rican-American Clerk of the Circuit Court of the entire state of Florida. In the 125 years of existence of the courts of Osceola County, the court never had a minority clerk nor even a minority candidate brave enough to challenge its political system . Armando Ramirez became the first challenger and defeated the incumbent in the primaries and prevailed during the general elections against the candidate of the GOP--the powerful political machine in Osceola County on November 6, 2012. Ramirez was born, raised and educated in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and New York City.

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    The Basic Ingredients of Leadership

    Osceola News Gazette, January 19, 2012

    Who is the best candidate – a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, non-affiliated or a member of a race or ethnic group claiming to that he or she is the best qualified candidate due to these identifying backgrounds?

    It is no longer valid that a Hispanic candidate, regardless of political party affiliation, will be the best answer to the needs of the people unless that candidate displays the following ingredients:

  • • Ability to communicate with the needs of the people – it is not even necessary to be an attorney, doctor, a great orator or any other profession. The candidate must demonstrate deep involvement with the community.
  • • The second ingredient is paramount: Possessing integrity, which means incorruptible and adherence to a code of moral values. An ancient writer stated the following: "For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10.
  • Temptations do not discriminate among the candidates emanating from our imperfect society. A wise man wrote over 2.000 years ago: "happy is the person who remains faithful under trials, because when he succeeds in passing such a test, he will receive as his reward the life with God has promised to those who love him...but a person is tempted when he is drawn away and trapped by his own evil desire." James 1:12-15.

  • • The third most important quality is the dedication to serve the people. An ancient prophet said thousand years ago: "I did not come to this world to be served – but to serve others." The candidates seeking public elective office should emulate these words. Public elected officials, instead of following their own personal and remunerative agendas, should pursue the people's agenda.
  • I believe there should be more happiness in giving than in receiving. Act 20:35. The hardworking American families deserved that much as they strive for a better tomorrow.

    Some government officials because of political expediencies love to outsource contracts outside of their local government jurisdiction. That is wrong unless there is a bona fide justification. A man known as Paul counseled his younger disciple Timothy with these profound words: " If anyone does not take care of his relatives, especially the members of his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." 1 Timothy 4: 8. There is a correlation regarding these words and the conduct of some elected public officials.

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