Eight years after Farmersville became a city in 1960 the Macareno Family moved into town. Ruben attended all his grammar school years in Farmersville up to the 8th grade at which time he was elected Student Body President at George L. Snowden School. The family has a history of public service in Farmersville. His late brother Martin was President of the Farmersville Unified School District and today his nephew Raymond is a College of the Sequoias Trustee representing Ward 3 which encompasses Farmersville.
Ruben graduated from Exeter Union High School and later from Los Angeles City College where he obtained his Associates of Arts Degree in Modern Political Studies, He was their Associated Students Organization President and the Regional President of southern California’s 15 community colleges. He studied Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles where he is an Alumni Scholar.
Professionally, Ruben has worked locally for the Exeter Sun, the Visalia Times-Delta, Proteus as a Newsletter Editor and as an Executive Director for a west valley Chamber of Commerce. Outside the area he was employed by the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Washington DC and the Los Angeles Times. Presently Ruben is a writer and a business/political consultant.
Ruben is the city’s representative to the Tulare County Association of Governments, Council of Cities, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the county’s Homelessness Task Force.