Phil Ramirez is a candidate for District 5 City Council. Phil has lived in Albuquerque his entire life, and part of his adult life has been spent being a single father. Phil has also worked for his family business and served in multiple youth and community organizations. Whether being a mentor to young athletes, or inspiring small business owners to offer living wages and benefits to their employees, Phil has always had a desire for public service. Phil has always been there quietly in the background of our city, inspiring change to all who are around him.
Phil decided to run for City Council District 5 because he believes that the westside of Albuquerque needs a non-bureaucratic voice in city hall. For too long we have let the political insiders and elites be our voices in Albuquerque. Phil knows that because of his close ties within our community throughout District 5 will give him a unique perspective on what we need as residents of Albuquerque.
Currently, Phil is the project manager at his family business, HDL&M Construction Services. In 2019, Phil was appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve on the Construction Industries Commission where he has been serving with the role of Vice Chair since. In his free time, Phil enjoys spending time with his wife, Adelina and their five boys. He also coaches and umpires little league baseball games throughout Albuquerque. Phil graduated from Valley High School and is currently in the process of earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University.
It is imperative that we do a better job as a community by improving our communication between our law enforcement personnel and the public. Realizing that our police officers need our support from our community more than ever in these current times is extremely important. Defunding our law enforcement is not a way to show support to our members in blue. Our area commanders continue to work diligently to communicate with neighborhood associations and community advocacy groups to have a healthy policing dialogue. However, the dialogue cannot remain impactful without meaningful actions coming from it. Phil has a plan that will increase funding needed for training and oversight in these areas that need our support right now. Phil will also advocate for additional funding for our Police Oversight Committee to have the needed resources to identify problems in our ranks and develop solutions for these problems.
Our community is growing rapidly, and we haven’t been able to keep up with infrastructure demands that our neighborhood needs. Our public parks, trails, pathways and road expansion all need work, in order to make this happen there must be an attainable plan in place that has achievable goals. Phil will advocate for the completion of the Paseo Del Volcan road expansion to give westside residents the access to build strong economic development opportunities throughout the West Mesa Corridor. We will build strong jobs that flourish within the commercial development sector, which will in turn create higher paying jobs in the manufacturing and technology fields.
There has been many trials and tribulations during the Covid-19 pandemic that has left our small businesses being hit hard financially. Mom and pop shops, like my own family business, have had to find was to become more innovative within this pandemic. Unfortunately, some smaller businesses haven’t been as fortunate. Albuquerque needs to help these smaller businesses come back thriving. Expansion of incentives and providing hands on business relief is a couple of ways that we can accomplish this. As your city councilor, Phil will hold monthly meetings within our small business community to address the concerns they face and assist in providing prevailing wages not just for our city employees but all employees within our city.