Oceanside CA— Oceanside business owner and Paramedic Educator Ruben Major announced on Wednesday that he is running for Oceanside Mayor. Current Mayor, Peter Weiss, was appointed by the City Council in 2018 and is not running to keep his position.
Major has been a Paramedic for nearly 20 years and is an EMT/Paramedic trainer of the largest emergency medical services recertification training program worldwide. Major also holds a Law Degree and Master’s Degree in Military History. He announced his candidacy on 9/11 to honor first responders and their role in keeping our communities safe.
“As a First Responder,” Major says, “September 11th has special meaning for me. I know first hand what it means to put your life on the line to help others and I know that seconds can mean the difference between life and death. I’ve managed mass casualty incidents, worked extensively with the homeless, and even been shot at on scene. First responders are our first line of defense in many situations, and we owe it to them and our entire community to ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to be successful and perform their duties safely.”
Major lives in Oceanside with his wife and three children. This is not his first foray into politics. Major ran for California Secretary of State in 2018 to highlight the importance of election integrity and security to our democracy. While these issues are still a focus for Major, he has chosen to set his sights closer to home due to what he calls, “the greatest public health crisis this community has ever faced.”
“Homelessness has tragically and dramatically increased within the past few years and not enough is being done to address the problem. Our Fire Department is underfunded, and there are not enough stations or firefighters to keep our community safe. There is a lack of trust between residents and law enforcement. Our schools are massively underfunded and unsupported by city government.”
Major is running as a Democrat against Republican Rocky Chavez, but he says this race isn’t about political parties. “Career politicians in this community are putting their own best interests before the needs of our community. Our people deserve leaders with integrity who will make the tough choices needed to get us back on track. It’s time for a Major Change!”