Meet the Candidate: Ruben A. Villalobos, Modesto City School Board

September 23, 2009 

Candidates for Modesto City Schools: (top row: left to right) Solange Altman, Nancy Cline, Steve Collins, (middle row: left to right) Cindy Marks, Belinda Rolicheck, Jim Standart, (bottom row: left to right) Joshua Vander Veen, Ruben Villalobos, Sue Zwahlen

The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.

What is your full, legal name?

Ruben Antonio Villalobos

What name do you prefer be used in print?

Ruben A. Villalobos

What office do you seek?

Modesto City School Board

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

I have benefitted from a public education in the Modesto City School system. Additionally, I have acquired skills as a lawyer, business owner, and non-profit board member. I wish to use these skills to help our schools in these tough economic times.

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

To maximize limited resources for education, through sound financial management.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have lifelong ties to the Modesto City Schools. I have also served as a volunteer teacher in high school mock trial classes for more than a decade.

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

Partner, Law Office of Meyer and Villalobos

What date were you born and where?

August 15, 1973, Modesto, CA (Doctor's Hospital)

What is your spouse's name, if any?

N/A

What are the names and ages of your children, if any?

I have no biological children. I am, however, the father figure to my 11 year-old niece.

Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Modesto High School, '91

Modesto Jr. College, approximately 30 units in 1990 and 1991

U.C. Berkeley, Bachelors in Ethnic Studies, with Honors, 1994

U.C. Davis King Hall School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1998

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

No

Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

No

Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?

I have raised and spent approximately $10,000 so far. I hope to raise and spend no more than $20,000 total, and hopefully less. All of my projected expenses, excluding any campaign mailers have been paid for.

Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.

No

Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.

No

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