Lynn B. Rugh, Democrat Running for Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government and what other offices have you held?
Started paying attention when Bernie Sanders ran. No office held but did a lot of organizing for his campaign. Started asking questions and was invited to be on the Plymouth Democratic Town Committee.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
I have never understood “direction” in this sense. I want to see Plymouth aggressively marketed as the quiet small town close to everything (Routes 6/72/8/84, Hartford) that it is. I want to see the kind of businesses that will attract and support new families aggressively courted. We have had some movement on some longstanding blight issues and road works but we have a long way to go.
3. What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
Open mind, collaborator, creative problem solver.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
See #2. I want to see a Democratic Town Committee that reaches out to Democrats and independents who have no representation on the Town Council. The goal is to build an organization out of which a candidate for mayor in 2020 can come. Plymouth Democrats have now had no candidate for two election cycles yet still have no plan to address the lack of participation/voter turnout.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
Creating an identity for our town that can be marketed to new residents and businesses. There are 169 towns in Connecticut. We need to stand out, and we have a lot to offer.
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Location, location, location. Many great features of small town life. Good schools.
7. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
Too busy and too tired to track down what local government is up to? Let me be your ears and voice. That’s my agenda.