San Manuel chairman faces tough campaign for county seat

James Ramos, the chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, faces two opponents in the race for 3rd district supervisor in San Bernardino County, California.

Ramos announced his candidacy last May. He was immediately attacked by incumbent supervisor Neil Derry, who questioned whether a tribal official could hold county office.

Derry continued his attacks by linking Ramos to drugs, gangs and crime on the reservation. Law enforcement officials disagreed with Derry's claims.

Ramos plans to step down from his chairman's post if he wins election in June. He does not plan on running for chairman if he loses.

Former Twentynine Palms Mayor Jim Bagley is also running for 3rd district supervisor.

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