BALTIMORE (WBFF) – She’s the Councilwoman-Elect in Baltimore’s 14th District.
“She’s also making history, meet Odette Ramos.
“I definitely take it seriously,” she said.
She’s the first Latina, ever, set to serve as a Baltimore city council person.
Her parents are natives of Puerto Rico, Ramos was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico , before settling in Baltimore for college in the 90’s.
She never left.
“Baltimore just grabs you, it does. That’s what happened to me it does,” she said.
She’s trailblazing in 2020 but set to step in a top job in a city in crisis.
FOX45 news asked what are her priorities?
In her 30 years in Baltimore she says she’s focused on community development.
“I’m really going to tackle some of the things that have to do with housing, we also have in Maryland a very predatory way of collecting taxes and water bills,” said Ramos.
And what about all the trash?
Ramos said being innovative with things, bottle deposit money, creating incentives for recycling.
As she takes office before the end of year in a city set top 300 murders, again Ramos says it’s about working directly with and funding groups that are making a difference.
“It is multi-faceted. Baltimore Ceasefire is getting right into the neighborhoods, and same with safe streets to work with people about how you resolve conflict,” she said.
She wants to lift the voices of the 14th District and a Latino community that for the first time, gets a seat, in City Hall.
“I’m really grateful, I’m so grateful,” said Ramos.