Ruth Dugan is a non-profit executive and lifelong problem solver who resides in Saddle River with her husband, Jim, a well known icon in the state of New Jersey. Arriving in this country as a child, one of her proudest moments was becoming a citizen at the age of 18. Ten years later, she was on the podium with Jimmy Carter when he accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The opportunity and love of this country is what inspired her commitment to serving her community.
Throughout her career, Ruth’s advocacy-driven work has led her to serve in leadership roles in a number of different sectors, including healthcare, cancer support, and education. From serving as the President of the Saddle River Board of Education, to leading the Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey, Ruth’s objective has always been the same: get involved and make a difference.
When Bayonne’s only Hospital faced financial ruin, Ruth was recruited to save it. As chair of the Bayonne Medical Center, Ruth brought people together from across the political spectrum, working with business leaders, community members, and healthcare experts and saved the hospital by successfully making the case that a city cannot be without access to healthcare.
Now, Ruth is running for the New Jersey Senate to bring a fresh perspective to Trenton and do what she does best – get things done. Ruth is ready to put her healthcare expertise and education background to work to help pave a better future for her children, grandchildren and the hardworking residents of District 39.