Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.
— Oscar Wilde.
My name is Ramiro Navarro Jr. but call me “R.J.” for short. I’m the proud son of a migrant Farm Worker and a Tejana School Teacher. I’m an Oregonian born and raised and have lived in Keizer most my life. I was a 63B, Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, in the Army for 3 years. Did one deployment to Talil, Iraq in 2009 and experienced the traumas of combat for many years after. When I decided to return to school in 2013 for Business Management, I worked at Chemeketa Community College as the Veterans Representative on the Student Council. I took an opportunity to gain business management training and with that certification I hoped to run my own farm. More specifically, a farm similar to the one I worked on as a youth in Bonanza, Oregon. I gained employment to experience first-hand the different aspects of farming that I was unfamiliar with and quickly worked my way up the ranks to a management position. From planting and maintenance to harvesting and canning, I enjoyed working the different aspects of the farming industry in Salem, Albany, Keizer, St. Paul, McMinnville and Newberg for years. Raising 2 toddlers I became a metal fabricator so I could stay closer to home. Still volunteering here and there I was recognized for my work in the community and offered a position as the Veterans Program Coordinator at Project ABLE where I continue to work today.