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City of CloverdaleCandidate for City Council

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Marta Cruz

2,107 votes (25.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing, Transportation & Public Safety
  • Small Business Retention & Stimulating New Sustainable Business Ventures
  • Closer relationship with the School Board to enhance Programs for Youth & Community Participation



Language Professional: Translation & Interpretation, Self-Employed (2016–current)
AP Reader, Educational Testing Service (2007–current)
Associate Faculty, Santa Barbara City College, CA (2012–2016)


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.A., Linguistics (2005)
Indiana University, Bloomington M.A., Literature & Hispanic Studies (1987)
Indiana University B.A., Liberal Arts: Spanish & communications (1983)
Purdue University Associate in Applied Science, organizational leadership and management (1982)
Purdue University A.A.S., organizational leadership (1982)

Community Activities

Member, Kiwanis International (2016–current)
Member, Cloverdale History Museum (2017–current)
Member, Santa Barbara Political Women's Committee (2012–current)


 30 years of TEACHING EXPERIENCE as Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty and K-12 ESL Teacher in California, North Carolina, Indiana and Puerto Rico.


Professional experience in HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION engaging in roles such as:

·       Academic Advisor 

·       Community and Latino/a Educational Outreach Liaison

·       University Representative at Board of Directors

·       Coordinator and Traveling Faculty for Study Abroad Programs

·       Program Assistant & Student Activities Coordinator    

·       Researcher

·       Interim Principal for Dual Immersion Language Program

·       High School Summer Internships & Pre-college ProgramsCoordinator


Professional experience in PRIVATE INDUSTRY engaging in roles such as:

·      Owner & Administrator of Coffee Plantation

·      Job Training Counselor

·       Executive Assistant & Translator to architectural and environmental engineering firms

·       Recruiting Operations Manager for private and government agencies

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Jim Wood, State Assembly - CA
  • Melanie Bagby, Councilmember - Cloverdale
  • Carol Russell, Vice Mayor - Cloverdale
  • Joe Palla, Mayor - Cloverdale
  • Cathy Murillo, Mayor - Santa Barbara

Individuals (2)

  • Bruce Reuser, Businessman
  • Alan Furber, Jr, Businessman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As an educator I hold a track record of civic engagement in the different communities where I have worked and resided. I value the spirit of cooperation and service. 


It is my objective to serve Cloverdale by being approachable and accessible to all residents, including those communities that have been underserved. Following the principle that all residents should be encouraged to participate in civic affairs, I will foster input concerning growth and development. 


My main interests rest in Cloverdale’s continued presence and collaboration with  the school board, fire district, regional boards and government, and service organizations. I will advance initiatives to better serve local residents.


As a leader, I have demonstrated great resourcefulness in coalition building leading to strong partnerships with businesses, regional organizations as well as government. I want to be a voice of reason and careful thought as the city continues to develop sustainably.


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