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Los Angeles County, CA November 5, 2013 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Cindy M. Ruiz

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; Walnut Valley Unified School District

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Cindy, a community leader in the San Gabriel Valley, currently serves on the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Education. She is dedicated to providing a quality education for all students, safe, secure and modern schools, providing 21st century skills, increased technology in the classroom, and fiscal accountability, even in today's difficult economic times. She has served on the board of trustees as President, Vice President and Clerk over the last 12 years.

As a volunteer leader for over 17 years, Cindy has served in a variety of volunteer positions. President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Parents Organizations of her children's schools; Manager, Treasurer and Tournament Director for the Walnut Youth Softball Organization; at the local, unit, regional, state and National level of the American Cancer Society; and currently she is a Vice President on the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Executive Board.

A business professional, Cindy is a Sales Associate and Realtor for RE/MAX Realty 100 in Diamond Bar. She has been with RE/MAX for over 6 years now, prior to that she was with Century 21 Masters in Walnut. She enjoys working with people and providing the dream of home ownership or in today's environment, a solution to distressed property owners. With her passion for helping people and expertise in her field, she has handled a variety of complicated sales with ease and success. She is a strong negotiator and achieves the best for each client.

Cindy has been recognized for her servitude and dedication to education, the American Cancer Society, and business leadership. Because of her passion and dedication she has been a recipient of several awards:

  • 2002 Walnut Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year
  • 2005 Walnut Valley Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year
  • 2006 San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Community Leadership Award
  • 2006 Relay For Life of Walnut Best Youth Mentor
  • 2007 Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award
  • 2008 Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award
  • 2009 Relay For Life of Walnut Top Fundraising Team
  • 2009 RE/MAX Executive Club
  • 2010 American Cancer Society East San Gabriel Valley Volunteer of the year
  • 2011 Relay For Life of Walnut 10 year Anniversary and Founding Chair
  • 2011 Relay For Life Top Individual and Top Team Fundraiser
  • 2011 Relay For Life of Walnut Ron Hockwalt "Making a Difference" Award
  • 2012 RE/MAX Executive Club

Cindy's personal philosophy: where there is a will, there is a way and if you don't ask, it's an automatic no. This has set the tone for her success in business and volunteerism. Because, like so many, she has been touched by cancer with her husband experiencing kidney cancer at the age of 39, she will continue to fight back against this dreaded disease. With her family involved in education, she has made it her passion to serve her students, teachers, staff and the community. She believes every child is entitled to a quality public education and everyone involved at a school truly touches the lives of children. Cindy believes that you can make a difference and she truly lives by her district's philosophy, KIDS FIRST- Every Student, Every Day.

Cindy is proudly married to her husband Paul of 26 years and now a 13 year cancer survivor and 27 year educator. They have two children, a daughter, Briana age 23 and a son, Michael age 20, who are both currently attending college after attending all 13 of their academic K-12 years in Walnut Valley Unified.

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