After relocation to South Florida in 1991, former Councilwoman and now candidate for Doral City Council Seat 1, Sandra Ruiz, has resided with her family in the Doral area since 1997.
With a lifetime of community involvement and public service, she traces her public service “from humble beginnings” during Rotary Club International’s Interact Club activity in high school to serving California State Sen. Jim Mills’ team as governmental liaison.
“Then, as Councilwoman for seven years in our beloved City of Doral, it has always been an honor to serve,” says Ruiz, mother of two who this year celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with husband, Aldo, a retired U.S. Naval Officer and physical therapist.
“Growing up in the San Diego County area in the beautiful town of Chula Vista, with my parents, two sisters and a brother taught me the value of family and community that have been guiding principles in my life,” she told us. “My husband and children are my inspiration in everything I do, serving others in our church, schools, and community.”
Even before Doral became a city, Ruiz set out methodically to liaison closely with community members, propelling the incorporation as a founding member of “One Doral,” a community-based organization. Working steadily toward city government, she was elected to the SubArea 9 Miami- Dade Community Council and named vice chair by fellow Council members. She also became an active member of the Miami- Dade County Schools Education Advisory Committee for District 5.
In 2003, Ruiz’s efforts along with her colleagues resulted in the incorporation of the City of Doral, followed by her election to the founding City Council. In November 2006 she was reelected to the Council by more than 60% of the popular vote.
Recognized as a Doral leader whose influence has had extraordinary impact on the city’s economic success and for her forward-thinking accomplishments, Ruiz has been lauded by Revista Mujer, as “Latin Biz Woman of Virtue,” and as Business Leader Magazine’s “Woman Extraordinaire.”
When not campaigning, Ruiz works side by side with her husband in their family business as an administrator with a special knack for numbers coming from a professional career in trust and estate planning for major banks and in law firm administration.
“The City of Doral is spending through its reserves and is on track for tax hikes, unless someone restores responsibility at City Hall,” she states today in her campaign for election to the Council. “Doral will grow by 50 percent over the next five years, and managing that growth will be a huge challenge. These are the core issues at stake in this election,” she emphasized.
“We need leaders with the ability and desire to look carefully at City finances and ask the tough questions to ensure that our taxes are not misspent, and our service levels are improved.”
Well prepared to continue moving Doral forward, Ruiz as one of the founding city members demonstrates the experience to help create a newly-prosperous era for the community. Her successful track record in serving Doral speaks for itself as the reason why taxpayers trust her to put Doral families first.