GOP endorses Richie Ruglio for 9th District Senate seat

Published on Friday, 29 May 2020 08:08
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


Richie Ruglio has won the Republican Party’s nomination for State Senator.

The Rocky Hill resident, business owner and father of five is seeking the 9th District Senate seat, representing Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Middletown and Cromwell.

His opponent is State Sen. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, who is running for a second term.

Ruglio, 56, has close ties to all the communities within the district. He grew up in Wethersfield, attended Xavier High School in Middletown, and coached high school sports in Newington. He and his family currently reside in Rocky Hill and this is his first run for political office.

“It’s an opportunity for me as a lifelong resident of the district to go for a dream I’ve always had - which is to represent my friends, colleagues and constituents,” Ruglio told the Herald.

He was honored to win four of the district’s five towns at Monday night’s nominating convention. Newington, the largest voting bloc, unanimously supported Ruglio.

The nominating committee’s final vote was 20-8.

“I’m forever grateful to all of the donors and all of the business owners who have been behind me since day one,” Ruglio said. “I’m so proud of all the support they have shown me in Newington, especially as a unanimous vote-getter.”

Newington Mayor Beth DelBuono was among those who formally endorsed him.

“As mayor of the largest voting bloc in the 9th District, I know how critically important Newington will be on the outcome of this race,” Delbuono said. “As a small business owner, political outsider, lifelong district resident, and local volunteer, Richie provides voters with a different option and an opportunity to say no to the status quo. He’s the best candidate to win this race, and I look forward to campaigning hard with him for these next six months.”

Four of Ruglio’s children have graduated college and settled in their hometown of Rocky Hill and one is still in high school.

“That’s part of the reason I’m running is to make sure we’re doing the right things as a state for them,” he pointed out. “One of the main priorities is to make sure we as a district work within our budget do things that are fiscally-responsible and run on a platform of common sense. If things are going in the right direction, let’s promote them. If things need to change, lets roundtable them to correct what may not be working.”

Ruglio is the co-founder of Pure Coffee Brand and owns R and R Electric.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Friday, 29 May 2020 08:08. Updated: Friday, 29 May 2020 08:11.