Ron Oden
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"Ron Oden" is an United States/American, openly gay politician. In November 2003, he was elected the first African-American mayor of Palm Springs, California, after serving eight years on the city council.

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I know where I shop and I know almost everyone over there on a first-name basis. These people are my supporters and they let me know that on a daily basis.

I think it's extremely important that we get these property owners to the table because I'd hate to see somebody build something that nullifies the whole plan just because they don't like something about it.

We're really not as interested in competing with other parts of the valley as we are with competing against those other cities.

None of this has anything to do with me running. So, what's the real issue? What is the issue? I can't get into the minds of people.

The convention center itself is not going to be a cure-all for this city, ... But you're already seeing more retail stores coming into the city, bringing new sales taxes, and new homes being built and bringing in more tax revenues. This is all going to make a difference.

I enjoy this arena, ... There is nothing more empowering than knowing who you are, that you are where you are supposed to be, and that you're doing what you're supposed to do. Right now, this is what I'm supposed to do, but I know ultimately there's more for me to do than this and I look forward to doing it.

I took an oath, not to protect unions, but to do what is in the best interest to protect the welfare of the citizens of Palm Springs. When I look at the people who are employed there and the million-dollar tax base it's brought in, how could I in clear conscience say no? I am a Democrat to the core, but I am an independent thinker.

First of all, I don't ever tell people how I'm going to vote on an issue. They were adamant this was bad news so I told them I'd be open to any more information they could provide. Well, I didn't get any more information.