I am running for State Representative!
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
For Immediate Release
November 13, 2019
Ricki Ruiz declares candidacy for State Representative of House District 50
A lifelong Gresham resident, Ruiz will bring fresh new leadership and strong experience to the Oregon House of Representatives.
Today, Reynolds School Board member and longtime Gresham resident, Ricki Ruiz declared his candidacy for House District 50, which represents portions of Gresham, including the Rockwood neighborhood where Ricki grew up. Ruiz, currently the Community Services Coordinator at the City of Gresham, has vast experience addressing the needs of the community and will be a champion for East County in Salem. Once elected, his top priorities will be to continue to push for stronger education resources, housing affordability, public safety, healthcare, environmental justice, and the overall quality of life for East County residents and our working families. Current State Representative Carla Piluso announced on Tuesday that she’s not running for re-election in 2020.
In 2014, Ricki co-founded the Rockwood Initiative, an organization focused on community development in the Rockwood Neighborhood. The Rockwood Initiative has led the efforts to bring greater park amenities and outdoor spaces to Rockwood, including the creation of mini-futsal pitches that now serve more than 10,000 youth and families in greater Gresham. In his day job at the City of Gresham, Ruiz oversees Gresham’s Neighborhood Watch Program, the Youth Recreation Programming and Co-Advises the Youth Advisory Council. “It’s an honor to go to work every day and help improve the lives of our Gresham residents” said Ruiz. “I’m grateful for the support the community has shown me as they encouraged me to step up and run for State Representative. I’m determined to work hard and win this campaign. I then plan to work even harder to give Gresham and East County a voice in our state’s capitol.”
In 2017 Ruiz was elected to the Reynolds School Board and was successfully re-elected in 2019. As a school board member, Ruiz has prioritized the voices of students and teachers in East County. While visiting schools and speaking in classrooms, Ruiz has acknowledged that student success does not come without students and teacher input, which is why he has always put classroom visits at the top of his to-do list as a board member. Through his experience, Ruiz understands the many challenges that our students face and he believes that together, we can nurture success stories for every student.
“Ricki is the bold and effective leader we need and I am elated to endorse his campaign for State Representative. I know Ricki will work hard to find innovative and collaborative solutions for our communities to ensure that Oregon works for all,” said Reynolds School District Board Chair Yesenia Delgado. “He knows what makes this district thrive and has experience collaborating to build the community, create sound public policy, and apply strategic plans to get things done.”
“I’m thrilled that Ricki is running for State Representative,” said State Representative Diego Hernandez. “His unique combination of life experience, skills, and drive to do what is right for Gresham and Rockwood is exactly what we need in the State Legislature.”
Ruiz declares his candidacy with a strong base of early support from Representative Chris Gorsek, Representative Janelle Bynum, Representative Diego Hernandez, Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Reynolds School Board Chair Yesenia Delgado, Reynolds School Board Member Ana Gonzalez-Muñoz, Centennial School Board Member Sumitra Chhetri, Gresham Barlow School Board Member Amanda Orozco-Beach, Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales, Gresham City Councilor Mario Palmero, MESD Board Member Jessica Arzate, and Mt. Hood Community College Board Member LaVerne Lewis.
An Oregonian, born and raised in Gresham, Ruiz received his Bachelors of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at Warner Pacific University. He lives in Gresham and in his spare time trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.