Ramon Romero, Jr. - Democrat (Incumbent)
The Romero family is originally from the state of Zacatecas in Mexico. Ramon Romero Sr. first came to this country as a migrant farm worker in the mid 60's; he worked in Southern California. In 1969 with wife Maria de Refugio and their two children, Alejandra and Juan, they moved to the Northside of Fort Worth. Living on Calhoun
street near the Historic Stock Yards, Mr. Romero worked in the slaughter houses and packing plants of Cowtown. While living in the Northside and Loma areas, they would have three more children Raul, Alicia and Ernesto. They finally settled on Avenue D in the Polytechnic area of Fort Worth in 1973 where Ramon Romero Jr was born, along with Jose and Cathy. Today the family home is still on Avenue D and all of the children remain in Tarrant County.
Ramon Romero Jr. at a very young age was always looking for a way to make his own spending money, given that there wasn’t much to go around in a family of 10. “Dad didn't make much money, so we all had to do jobs, cutting grass, painting, roofing or translating letters for neighbors. I can remember running home after school to Sycamore Creek Golf Course to beat the other area kids to look for and sell golf balls. All I ever wanted was to earn enough money to buy a Coke and a Nutty Bar!” said Ramon. Later he would wash cars on East Rosedale, which is where he caught the attention of the owner of Ashburn's Ice Cream Parlor. "He noticed that I always had money to play video games, told me to save my money and gave me a job cleaning the video games, coolers, and pool tables. Eventually he gave me a job behind the counter, it was a lot of fun and I loved it" said Ramon. In high school Ramon discovered his talents in telemarketing, while working for health and life insurance agents setting appointments for agents. "I couldn't believe the pay for talking on the phone. I had an amazing boss that did very well. They treated us like family and rewarded everyone that did their job well with bonuses. At 17, I bought my first house from my Dad, I remember my dad saying "Mijo, if you make money...spend it, that way you keep working as if you don't have any" said Ramon.
Ramon, not much different than his parents, started his family at a young age, having twins Lindsay and Lauren then Giovanni, all before graduating high school. While Ramon did attend Tarrant County College, he had mouths to feed and had to enter the workforce. "I remember sitting in class and being impatient that I wasn't going to be able to take care of my responsibilities. I thought of my father’s hard work and sacrifice and knew what I had to do. I left school, attained my irrigation license and started my first business. It was ok but wasn’t making enough to pay the bills. A year later I started my pool business, A-Fast Tile & Coping, and by the time I was 25 A-Fast had over 60 employees, by then most from my neighborhood”, proudly stated Ramon. Today Ramon still owns A-Fast Tile & Coping (doing swimming pools), and also owns Stone Mason Supply, along with the Ramon Romero Corporation. He has just under 20 employees.
In the mid 90’s Ramon helped form the first neighborhood association in his mother’s neighborhood, but just blocks from his own home. “We organized an association, started having meetings, and began a 16th de Septiembre parade at William James Middle School creating much excitement.” During this time FWISD announced their plans to build Poly High School's first baseball field and a track for William James; which would require purchasing the land in the surrounding area. Ramon worked with FWISD and City of Fort Worth Housing Department staff to ensure neighbors would be properly compensated for their homes so that kids at Poly, finally after 80 years, would have a home game and William James students would have better athletic facilities.
It was this ability to work with city officials and the neighborhood he represented that Ralph McCloud, then District 8 City Councilman, also caught notice of Ramon. "Ralph called and asked if I would entertain the idea of a city appointment. After declining a time or two, Ralph refused to take no for an answer. He appointed me to the City Planning Commission and the rest is history", Ramon stated. He later became Chair of the Planning Commission under Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks. Ramon also became a member of the Golf Advisory Committee, the Zoning Commission, the Air Quality Task Force Committee and various master plan committees for his area parks.
Ramon is a well-respected citizen and neighbor, a father and grandfather. When asked how he would like to be remembered Ramon stated, “I want to be remembered as the kid from Poly that made it. To me “Making It” isn’t defined or measured by moving out of the neighborhood or the amount of money in your bank account. It’s about what you’ve been able to give to your friends, family and community. The best things in life are free, the love of others and respect of your peers. It’s about the impact and footprint of what you’ve left behind”.
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