Ruben ran for California Secretary of State as a progressive, corporate-free Democrat on a platform to end private control of our election systems, to institute open source software, and to require 100% paper audits. The campaign called for a nationwide solution by decertifying voting machines vulnerable to hacking. Ruben continues to fight to increase candidate financial disclosure, fight against voter suppression, and work to secure our voter registration rolls. Ruben grew up very poor, but worked hard to become a paramedic and business owne. He earned a law degree and BA & MA in History, obtained training in Counterterrorism, and became a FEMA Certified Incident Commander. Ruben continues the fight to bring true integrity to our elections.