Ruben Gonzales does not fit the profile of a typical Trump supporter.
A Los Angeles native, Gonzales runs a family business out of his Monterey Park home selling baked goods made with a natural sweetener called stevia. He's an affable, soft-spoken man in his mid-60s who's eager to explain stevia's health benefits.
Gonzales's low-key demeanor may seem at odds with Donald Trump's brash public persona, but Gonzales believes he is the best candidate to help small business owners like him.
"He's a businessman. He knows how business functions and what we need," Gonzales says.
Gonzales started his company three years ago with his two children when they returned home unable to find work after college. The business gave the family an opportunity to build something together while his children looked for full–time jobs. What little profit they make is used to help pay for his granddaughter Katie's autism treatment, for whom the business is named.
Gonzales worked for more than 30 years as an information technology professional before being forced into early retirement when his department outsourced work to India. Echoing Trump, he sees globalization as a major threat to his children's future.
"Like Donald says, everything is made out of the country and then we buy it back," Gonzales says. "Large corporations are looking out for their shareholders rather than the future of the country and the younger generation."
Gonzales describes himself as Democrat but felt let down by Hillary Clinton's proposals to kick-start the economy.
"I was kind of hurt when she said she would create more jobs," Gonzales says. "The problem is she would do it by taxing people more, and that's not going to work."
Gonzales cites government regulations and taxes as two of the main challenges facing small business owners.
"In California, it's hard to start a business," Gonzales says. "You wouldn't believe the paperwork, the regulations and the money I have to pull out of my pocket before I start anything."
Although it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly where Trump stands on issues like trade and taxes, Gonzales isn't worried.
"When they go on the campaign trail, they say all kinds of stuff. But what people don't realize is sometimes [presidents] have to get approval by Congress or make sure they are adhering to the Constitution," Gonzales says. "I trust Trump and his ability to run the country."
Ultimately, Gonzales plans to vote for Trump because he believes the Republican nominee is most equipped to set America back on the right path.
"I listen and I look for what is best for me," Gonzales says. "And the bottom line is I worry about the way this country is going now."