Michael Ruger has been endorsed by Hopewell Township Democrats to run for Hopewell Township Committee in the November 7th general election.
Ruger stepped forward after long-time Hopewell Township Committee Member and former Mayor Vanessa Sandom announced she will not seek re-election in 2017, after serving 16 years in elected office. Ruger will join Township mayor Kevin D. Kuchinski, who is running for re-election, on the Democratic ticket.
Commenting on his endorsement, Ruger said, “I am honored to be one of the Democratic Party’s candidates for Township Committee. I look forward to building on the progress we’ve made to rein in out-of-control spending and keep taxes under control, and to protect our community from over-development. I look forward to talking more with local residents in the days ahead, and to ensuring their voices are being represented on the Committee.”
Ruger has lived in the Harbourton section of Hopewell Township since 1998 with his wife, Tracy Vogler, and their three children.
Ruger is a graduate of Penn State and has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Currently, he is Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast. He is a member of the Hopewell Township Finance Advisory Committee and the Environmental Commission.
“Vanessa has been a tireless and tremendous advocate for the Township,” Ruger said, about Committee Member Sandom. “It is an honor to run in her place.”
Democratic Committee Chair Ray Disch commented, “We are proud to support Michael Ruger’s campaign for Township Committee. His family has long ties to the community and he understands the importance of protecting the Valley’s rural character and fighting to keep municipal taxes lower.”