A resident of Connecticut most of her life, Rugh is a graduate of Simsbury High School and Central Connecticut State University. She is active in many community groups and roles, and although she and her husband, John, have lived here for years, they are excited to have decided that Plymouth is truly their forever home. “John and I recently ended our search for the perfect retirement location, deciding that home is best, right here in Plymouth, where we have great neighbors, amenities within walking distance, and many friends.”
In recent years, Rugh saw her interest rekindled in both public service and in political causes near to her heart, and she joined the DTC six years ago. This is her second run for Town Council, after first appearing on the ballot in 2017. “Having settled here for the duration, I want to have a hand in helping Plymouth maintain its small-town charms while meeting the challenges of the 21st century,” Rugh says.
Rugh’s official duties include serving as deputy Registrar of Voters, secretary of the DTC, and as a board member and singer with the Bristol Chorale. In her spare time, she is a voracious reader, enjoying frequent trips to the Terryville Library, where she helped bring together the Issues and Ideas book group. She also is an avid and successful gardener, and enjoys knitting, cooking, and playing music with family and friends – she not only sings, but also plays the dulcimer and mandolin, while John “plays a mean guitar,” she says. The couple has a daughter and 2 grandsons who, happily, live nearby. “I spend as much of my time with them as they can stand,” Rugh says with a laugh.
Rugh’s resume outlines a fascinating career, from owning a special events and catering company called Renta Yenta; running the office of the Special Master in New Haven, ensuring the distribution of the then-largest settlement fund in U.S. history; managing clinical trials for Bristol Myers Squibb; and spending the end of her working life as a medical transcriptionist.
“I am committed to transparent governance, fiscal responsibility, and to promoting our town as a great place to build a family and a business.”
Rugh can be reached via email at email@example.com. “Reach me with your concerns and suggestions,” she says. “I will respond to every message.”