Issaquah City Councilmember Bill Ramos Announces Campaign 
For State Representative in the 5th Legislative District

Issaquah – Issaquah City Councilmember,
Bill Ramos, announced his campaign today for State Representative in the 5th Legislative District. This district encompasses the cities and unincorporated areas of North Bend, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Sammamish, Renton, Maple Valley and Black Diamond. The seat is currently held by Rep. Jay Rodne.

“I’m running because I believe there is more that unites us than not. Together, we can show that East and South King County communities are places that focus on results through collaboration.

Together, we can also hold leaders accountable for the courage to do what’s right for us, our families and communities, while ensuring economic vitality and getting us home on time. I’m excited to create more accountability, respect, and transparency as the next representative from the 5th Legislative District.” said Bill Ramos.

Bill Ramos was first elected to the Issaquah City Council in 2015 after serving on Issaquah’s Economic Vitality Commission, the Planning and Policy Commission, and on the Issaquah Human Service Commission.

Bill Ramos is currently a small business owner. His company, The Common Good, is an Issaquah-based consulting firm specializing in developing transportation and public transit projects. “I bring experience understanding the complexity of transportation and transit planning and financing, as well as serving on regional transportation boards. People need to get home from work on time to be with their families. We can do better. I’m excited to bring this experience and expertise to the 5thLegislative District as we work on improving our traffic issues, and quality of life.”

From 2005 to 2013, Ramos worked for the US Department of Transportation’s  Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as a Community Planner with emphasis in developing and managing the Tribal Transit Program and Rural and Small Urban Area Transit Systems. As Federal Tribal Liaison, he worked with 56 Tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to help start or improve public transit on Tribal Lands.

Previously, Ramos was stationed with the US Forest Service in North Bend, Washington. During this time, Bill served as Director of Timber Management, Director of Recreation and Public Services, (including Law Enforcement, Fire, Archaeology, Trails, Ski Areas, Campgrounds, Visitor Centers, and Wilderness) and the Director of Ecosystem Management (including managing a team of biological and earth scientists doing environmental analysis).

Ramos also owned his own dance business, Dance All Night, from 1996-2013 in North Bend, Snoqualmie and Preston, teaching Ballroom, Salsa, Swing and Latin dancing.  He is a member of the Issaquah Rotary and the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife, Sarah Perry, live in downtown Issaquah. They have two children, both graduates of the Issaquah School District.