As current Mayor Pro Tem of San Jacinto, former Mayor of San Jacinto, and the only woman on the City Council, Crystal Ruiz is a passionate public servant and proven leader.
Together with San Jacinto City Council Members, Crystal's worked hard and made the tough decisions necessary to get local spending under control, while expanding critical relationships with significant county and statewide organizations.
Heralded by the California State Senate as a "Woman of Distinction", Crystal's reputation as a dedicated leader and fighter for the community qualify her to once again proudly represent you, and the city of San Jacinto.
Crystal has a long record of community involvement:
Crystal has a passion for helping our Veterans and can often be found found visiting with our American hero's at many local events, or at the local VFW.
She believes in honoring our Veterans as well as all citizens in San Jacinto who go the extra mile. In addition to recognizing and working with the Veterans of the San Jacinto Valley, Crystal also started a program to honor those San Jacinto teachers who find unique ways to inspire the students in their classrooms. Test scores are important, yet so is the power many teachers hold to inspire lifelong learners; knowing this, Crystal wanted to publicly acknowledge those teachers – and she did, catching them completely by surprise in the process!
“The best part was the look on their faces; we didn’t announce we were coming, and presented certificates from City, County, Assembly and State to these inspiring teachers in front of their students and peers.”
In May of 2018, Mayor Ruiz met with President Trump representing the citizens of San Jacinto to discuss the heavily debated sanctuary State law. “It wasn’t an easy discussion, because there were so many opinions being vocalized.” She said, adding: “all I could do was speak from the heart - and let the President know how our community felt.”
A native Californian, Crystal Ruiz is married to Carlos; the two are devoted parents instilling their faith and family values into their four (rather energetic) children. To expand their children’s cultural experience, they include them in community service, local events and (when they demonstrate mindfulness) formal occasions. Instilling their passion for service, the Ruiz family are often spotted together painting curbs, cleaning up after events and helping local non-profits with fundraising activities.