What is your full, legal name?
Maria Elizabeth Arriola Ruiz
What name do you prefer be used in print?
Never miss a local story.
What office do you seek?
Trustee – Riverbank Unified School Board
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
I am running for the office of School Board because I want to make a difference and be a voice for our students, parents, teachers, and school staff. I want to see academic excellence with all our students regardless if they are bound for vocational education, military or higher education.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I would like to see 100% of our seniors graduate with a high school diploma. I also want to see that the bond money we receive is spent appropriately and invested properly. I believe there should be accountability at all levels of education. Education.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I have been involved with our schools for the past nine years and have lived in Riverbank for 14 years. I have been able to see the classroom aspect as well as the needs of our children. I have seen their successes as well as their challenges. I also have the benefit of being able to communicate with a large population of our community since I do speak English and Spanish. As a parent and a mother I want ALL our children to succeed and to be productive citizens wherever they may go in the future.
Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)
What date were you born and where?
May 17, 1977 Born in Ceres, California
What is your spouse's name, if any?
What are the names and ages of your children, if any?
Ramona Meza, 12 Victoria Meza, 9
Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.
Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA.
Associate in Arts General Education, 2004
California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Fall 2009
Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)
Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)
Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?
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.
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.