INDIO — Though the 2020 Indio City Council election is more than a year away, both incumbent Mayor Lupe Ramos Amith and incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Miller are in full campaign mode.
Both have long ago declared their intentions — at least among their loyal supporters and friends, they told Uken Report.
The seats open will be for Districts 1 and 5, as well as for City Clerk and City Treasurer. The nomination period will be in July of 2020.
Ramos Amith told Uken Report she kicked off her re-election campaign earlier this year to help voters understand the the district-based election systesm.
Ramos Amith, born and raised in Indio, was first elected to the City Council in 2004. In a city where the position of mayor is rotate among City Councilmembers, she has served as mayor in 2008,, 2011, 2015, and 2019. She is seeking the District 5 seat.
Miller was first elected to the five-member City Council in 2008. He is seeking the District 1 seat.
Her duties on the City Council have kept Ramos Amith busy since her first election, she said. She serves — and has served — on multiple boards and commissions.
“I have deep roots in the community,” Ramos Amith told Uken Report. “My parents and grandparents were migrant farm workers working in the agricultural community who achieved the American dream by becoming small-business owners in the Downtown district.”
She attended Indio High School and eventually earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from the College of the Desert. Ramos Amith also attended University of California Riverside.
“In my capacity as a small-business owner, I managed the finances of my companies, and put that experience to use in my City Council duties, where I am a consistent advocate for balanced budgets and responsible spending,” Ramos Amith said. “I am your experienced pro-business, pro-public safety leader for Indio City Council.”
My commitment to the community is proven by my priorities and accomplishments, Ramos Amith said in explaining why she was seeking another term.
“I am more than a leader and a regional advocate — my sensible and creative policies have provided solutions for Indio and the region,” Ramos Amith said. “I am running for a fifth term on the Indio City Council to assure that the residents’ goals are achieved through my leadership, vision and drive to make Indio a place where we can all live, work and play.”
Her goals include:
- Revitalization of the Downtown District
- Revitalization of the City’s center for commerce at the Monroe & 111 lifestyle center
- Completion of the Jackson and Monroe Interchange projects
- Healthy Reserves
- Enhanced Public Safety
- Job Creation
- Affordable Housing
- Youth and Recreational Facilities
“I have led our city in promoting and growing our local economy —projects bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and jobs in our City such as:
- The new Monroe/Jackson and I-10 Shopping Centers
- The new County Administrative Center & Detention Center
- The College of the Desert Indio Campus serving nearly 10,000 students
- The complete street repaving and maintenance capital improvement plan
- The creation of the Senior and Teen Center
- The long-term future of the Festivals in our city
Ramos Watson said has also been a leader in making a better quality of life in Indio by:
- Protecting police and fire service levels to safeguard our community.
- Supporting education opportunities such as the new College of the Desert Campus in downtown Indio.
- Enhancing recreation opportunities such as the new Senior Center, Teen Center and renovated Park System.
Miller kicked off his re-election in May with his annual golf tournament.
“The city of Indio is in the middle of great success with more to come,” Miller told Uken Report. “We just finished our city budget, which was balanced and added five new police officers as one example of this year’s budget additions. We have budgeted $8 million in new road infrastructure this year, a new General Plan, the most housing permits in the Coachella Valley along with many new businesses —from hotels to a movie theatre, COD campus and more.”
Miller called it “exciting times.”
“I am honored to represent the residents of Indio and bring years of knowledge that helps, along with my peers, shape a positive future for the city of Indio. We are currently working on new economic development/jobs, city infrastructure, public safety, and a variety of housing needs. “I look forward to bringing people together to make sure Indio —and the entire Coachella Valley — is an economic powerhouse in Southern California. I have the same passion for serving the people as I did when I started. We have come a long way in the years I have served including a healthy reserve.”
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