Richie Ruglio has won the Republican Partyâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s an opportunity for me as a lifelong resident of the district to go for a dream Iâ€™ve always had - which is to represent my friends, colleagues and constituents,â€ť Ruglio told the Herald.
He was honored to win four of the districtâ€™s five towns at Monday nightâ€™s nominating convention. Newington, the largest voting bloc, unanimously supported Ruglio.
The nominating committeeâ€™s final vote was 20-8.
â€śIâ€™m forever grateful to all of the donors and all of the business owners who have been behind me since day one,â€ť Ruglio said. â€śIâ€™m so proud of all the support they have shown me in Newington, especially as a unanimous vote-getter.â€ť
Newington Mayor Beth DelBuono was among those who formally endorsed him.
â€śAs mayor of the largest voting bloc in the 9th District, I know how critically important Newington will be on the outcome of this race,â€ť Delbuono said. â€śAs 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. Heâ€™s the best candidate to win this race, and I look forward to campaigning hard with him for these next six months.â€ť
Four of Ruglioâ€™s children have graduated college and settled in their hometown of Rocky Hill and one is still in high school.
â€śThatâ€™s part of the reason Iâ€™m running is to make sure weâ€™re doing the right things as a state for them,â€ť he pointed out. â€śOne 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, letâ€™s promote them. If things need to change, lets roundtable them to correct what may not be working.â€ť
Ruglio is the co-founder of Pure Coffee Brand and owns R and R Electric.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.