Angel Ruiz announces candidacy for 33rd Assembly seat

Political novice describes himself as an instrument for positive change

Angel Ruiz, a candidate running for the Assembly District 33 seat. (Submitted by Campaign to Elect Angel Ruiz.)
Angel Ruiz, a candidate running for the Assembly District 33 seat. (Submitted by Campaign to Elect Angel Ruiz.)
Darren Fraser
Published November 29, 2023  • 
10:00 am

TULARE – In a timely political move, Democrat Angel Ruiz has announced his bid for the 33rd District Assembly seat, presenting himself as a fresh voice for the seat in the wake of incumbent Devon Mathis’ retirement announcement.

Ruiz, of Tulare, announced he is running for the 33rd District Assembly seat on Nov. 19. Ruiz’s declaration came roughly one week ahead of incumbent Devon Mathis’ announcement that he is retiring at the end of his term.

“Assembly District 33 deserves a representative who not only understands its challenges but is also ready to bring innovative and tangible solutions,” said Ruiz. “Our campaign is about more than just addressing issues; it’s about building a thriving community where every resident’s voice is heard and valued.”

He added, “It’s a time for positive change, where the voices of all constituents in AD33 can be heard and their needs effectively addressed, particularly in critical areas like healthcare access and education. I am dedicated to ushering in an era of progress and unity, ensuring that our district’s future is bright and promising.”

FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANT

Ruiz’s announcement marked his first foray into politics.

According to his website, Ruiz, a first generation immigrant from Guatemala, was the first in his family to graduate from college. He received a B.A. in political science from California State University Northridge. He currently works as an organizer with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 52, a labor union representing almost 1.9 million workers in over 100 occupations across the United States and in Canada.

His campaign site notes that Ruiz continues to work with a labor rights advocacy organization and that he began his career in advocacy with the Dolores Huerta Foundation. He describes himself as a dedicated advocate for civil and labor rights.

On his site, Ruiz lists bridging the digital divide, enhancing healthcare access, improving educational systems, strengthening labor rights, and modernizing infrastructure and enhancing public services to the community as issues he will address if he is elected.

ON MATHIS

Regarding Mathis’ announcement, Ruiz said, “As the incumbent of Assembly District 33 announces his final term, I wish to acknowledge Assembly Member Devon Mathis for his years of service. This marks a pivotal moment for our district, opening a pathway for fresh perspectives and renewed energy.”

Ruiz noted his commitment is to build upon the foundations that have already been laid, bringing with him forward-focused solutions and inclusive representation to the forefront. 

“It’s a time for positive change, where the voices of all constituents in AD33 can be heard and their needs effectively addressed, particularly in critical areas like healthcare access and education,” Ruiz said. “I am dedicated to ushering in an era of progress and unity, ensuring that our district’s future is bright and promising.”

According to his campaign site, Ruiz has received endorsements from the California State Democratic Party and the Visalia Democratic Club.

Darren Fraser
Reporter