By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
CAMDEN — Camden County Commissioner Virginia Betteridge and Camden City Councilwoman Janette Ramos will take part in a panel discussion on Latinas in Government at Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The event, put on by the Rutgers-Camden Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Civic Engagement, is part of the campus’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. It will be held from 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. at the Campus Center’s Multipurpose Room.
Betteridge and Ramos will be joined by Camden native Ashly Estevez, who serves as special assistant to the chief of staff to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kayla Rodriguez, a mentoring and community outreach coordinator with Rutgers-Camden, will serve as moderator.
Betteridge was named to the Camden County Board of Commissioners last year following the departure of former Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez. Born in Havana, Cuba, Betteridge immigrated to Gloucester City with her family as a child.
In 1994, Betteridge was elected to the Runnemede Borough Council. In 2005, she was elected mayor of Runnemede, making her the first Latina mayor in the entire state, a position she held until 2010.
Ramos, the CEO of the local nonprofit It Takes A Village, was appointed to Camden City Council in August and is running to be elected to the position in November. Serving in her first elected position, Ramos is a social worker by trade with her bachelor’s and master’s from Rutgers-Camden.
She had worked at the Hispanic Family Center and then in state government for more than 20 years before starting It Takes A Village.
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