American City Council Vice Mayor Mariam Aboudamous is challenging Napa County Board of Supervisors incumbent Belia Ramos for the 5th District supervisor seat.
“There are too many residents in our community who have approached me and are eager for change in representation on the Board of Supervisors,” Aboudamous said in a press release.
The 5th District includes American Canyon, the southeast city of Napa and part of the rural Coombsville area. The election will be held on March 3.
Aboudamous was elected to the American Canyon City Council in November 2016 by unseating an incumbent. Then age 30, she said she could bring a youthful voice and fresh perspective to the council. Ramos, who was on the City Council and was supervisor-elect at the time, endorsed her.
Aboudamous was the first Muslim elected to the American Canyon City Council and is vying to be the first elected to the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants from Jerusalem, she grew up in American Canyon and is an attorney specializing in immigration law.
On Friday, she talked about how she could make a difference on the Board of Supervisors.
“I would make sure to balance the needs of American Canyon with the greater good of the county,” Aboudamous on Friday.
She wants to focus on traffic and transportation. Solving traffic problems is linked to having higher-paying local jobs and housing people can afford, so people don’t have to commute long distances to work, Aboudamous said.
Ramos served on the American Canyon City Council for six years. She ran unopposed when she was elected to the Napa County Board of Supervisors in 2016, taking her seat in January 2017.
She grew up in St. Helena, worked as an attorney and founded Raise The Bar to help prepare applicants for the California Bar Exam.
Ramos was recently elected as vice president of the Association of Bay Area Governments. Among other things, the group with representatives from the nine Bay Area counties is looking at housing issues.
She during her supervisor term has drawn attention to various issues she said are important to her district, among them Highway 29 traffic in the south county and noise heard in American Canyon and other areas from bird-scaring propane canons in vineyards.
On Friday, Ramos said her focus during a second term would continue to be on such things as housing availability and affordability, land use and transportation.
“Those are the things that affect and touch people’s lives each and every day,” she said.
The Board of Supervisors has tackled several controversial issues during Ramos’ term, including watershed protections and winery growth. Such issues appear as if they will continue to have a high profile during coming years.
Also on the March 3 ballot is the 4th District Board of Supervisors race that pits incumbent Alfredo Pedroza against challenger Amber Manfree. In the 2nd District race, incumbent Ryan Gregory is running unopposed.
The deadline to file to run in the three Napa County Board of Supervisors races was 5 p.m. Friday.
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