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Eric Bruen

Office: Mayor
Status: Incumbent
Party Affiliation: Republican
Next Election: 2022
City: Ridgecrest
State: California

Eric is the CEO of Desert Valleys FCU where he has been since his graduation from WCMS in 2004. In 2020 he was elected to his first term as Mayor for the City of Ridgecrest. Faced with turbulent political times and economic challenges, Eric has been focused on improving community communication and breaking down barriers to advance the community. Eric is known among colleagues and friends for his passionate, humorous, and unorthodox personality.

His professional track record in turning a struggling credit union into a thriving $60 million institution earned him the 2019 Business Person of the Year Award and in 2021 he was recognized as a “Credit Union” Rockstar. He is a graduate of CSU Channel Islands and of course WCMS (go BETA’s) and a four-time California Credit Union League award recipient. Additionally, he served as a two-time Chairman of the Shapiro Advisory Committee, the Political Advocacy Committee, and the Board of Directors of the CCUL.

Eric is proud to call Ridgecrest home with his wife Sharon and four children; Garrett, Grant, Gavin, and Grace.