My name is Erasmo Ruiz and I am running to be your district 2 Bethel School Board Director. A proud graduate of the public school system and first-generation college graduate — raised by immigrant farm working parents from Mexico. I understand deeply how a supportive public education can improve a person’s life. To me, education is the great equalizer — as well as a pathway for being a part of and achieving the American dream.
Why I am running?
As your next Bethel School Board Director, I will work at the local, state and federal levels to obtain increased funding for our school district – in hopes of not increasing property tax – so that our student’s receive the quality K-12 education that they deserve. In addition to strong, bold, independent minded leadership I will reach out with an open door policy to encourage and listen to all my constituents; students, parents, and teachers. I will also be a proactive school district leader; as well as bring my skills of relationship and partnership building with businesses to create an abundance of career opportunities for our students. I own a home in this school district — and this is where I want to build my family.
My issue platform:
Fully funded K-12 schools.
Supporting teachers to thrive.
Safety for all children.
Implementing and expanding dual language education programs.
Expanding access for the Running Start Program.
Creating career opportunities for our students.
No cost school meals for our students.
Education and leadership:
I graduated from Portland State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Education. In 2013 I served as a high school student success advocate in Portland, Oregon — and between 2015 and 2017 I taught English as a second language, social studies and natural science to elementary school aged children in Madrid, Spain. For the last 6 years I have worked in social services and since 2019 I have worked as a social worker, agency affiliated counselor/mental health professional in the foster care system. In 2022 I was appointed by the Pierce County, WA executive as a commissioner for immigrant and refugee affairs — and in early 2023 I was elected second vice chair of the WA State 2nd legislative district Democrats. I am also a precinct committee officer for the 2nd legislative district and a member of the Bethel School District Career and Technical Education General Advisory Committee.