LUCERNE VALLEY • After one of the many critical things Neil Derry said about his opponent last week, he paused and added, “In case you haven’t figured it out, the gloves are off.”
Derry made that abundantly clear during his visit to the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association meeting at the Senior Center on Oct. 2.
James Ramos, who’s challenging Derry for the San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor seat in November, was absent from the meeting. According to Derry, this isn’t the first time Ramos has avoided him. “You know, this was supposed to be a candidate forum, and when you only have one person show up, you can’t have much of a forum,” Derry said. “My opponent is not just refusing to debate me in front of you folks; he’s doing it almost every place else, too. Homestead Valley has requested a candidate forum and he’s declined. The only one he showed up for was a lunch in Highland, and I creamed him, so I don’t think he’s going to show up at any more of these.”
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