RIVERDALE, CA - In less than two weeks, the valley will vote in the 16th District State Senate primary. In our third profile of the candidates, 17 News profiles Riverdale Democrat, Francisco Ramirez.
Ramirez is an underdog in this race, but he thinks he'll pull through. With a business mind, the Democrat says he's working for the people.
"We have to focus on the tangibles," said Ramirez to a group of veterans in Bakersfield on Monday.
Originally from Hanford, Ramirez says his life hasn't been easy.
"My Mom died of a drug overdose when I was 22 months old and then I went to foster parents," said Ramirez.
But that didn't stop Ramirez. He went on to get his Bachelors degree in business and his Masters in computer science, eventually starting his own consulting company. Then last year he and his pregnant wife were in a car accident.
"I asked God, if you let me live I want to help the people and that's one of the major things of why I'm doing this," said Ramirez.
Ramirez is running with three goals: lower taxes, less government regulation, and have a plan of action.
"I'm not here as a Republican or as a Democrat. I am here for the people, you know. I am an advocate and activist for the people," said Ramirez.
Ramirez is running against Fresno businesswoman Paulina Miranda, Republican cherry farmer Andy Vidak, Independent candidate Mohammad Arif, and Democrat and Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez.
We'll profile the remaining candidates before the primary May 21st.