Back in May when nomination papers became available, Stephen Ruggiero was the first candidate out of the gate to declare a run for public office, Town Councilor representing Precinct 6.
Throughout the summer, the â€œSteve for Sixâ€ campaign was hard at work knocking on hundreds of doors and attending community events to meet Precinct 6 voters. â€œI have enjoyed connecting with my neighbors. I find that the best way to understand the needs of our community is to engage in one-on-one discussions with my fellow Winthrop residents. I will be ready to tackle the major issues facing Precinct 6 and the Town of Winthrop.â€ Stephen is eager to get to work. â€œI look forward to collaborating with the members of our State Legislative Delegation, School Committee, and Public Safety officers, as well as other members of the Council to make Winthrop a better place to live and work.â€
Stephen is a second generation Italian-American and the grandson of hard working former factory workers and retail sales clerks. He grew up in Winthrop attending Winthrop Public Schools, playing youth soccer and hockey, and worked his first job at a local business in Winthrop Center. At a young age, Stephen learned to love the town where he grew up. â€œWinthrop is a special town and I would be honored to earn the opportunity to serve my neighborhood and give back to our community.â€
In 2010, Stephen graduated from Winthrop High School as the President and Valedictorian of his senior class. He later went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Tufts University in 2014 and a Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in 2017. Stephen has held a variety of positions in government throughout his career. In college, he interned on the federal level as a legislative analyst for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Upon receiving his Bachelorâ€™s Degree, Stephen entered the workforce as a Bank Examiner at the Massachusetts Division of Banks where he worked to ensure fair and equal treatment of banking customers across the Commonwealth. â€œMy professional experience working in a wide range of government positions has shaped my perspective on how government can best function for all of its constituents.â€
Stephen currently works for Eastern Bank as the Assistant Vice President of Compliance where he advocates for consumer protection. In his spare time, he serves on the boards of two organizations that are near and dear to his heart: Community Action for Safe Alternatives (CASA), which works to reduce substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors mainly through primary prevention efforts, and Winthrop Advocacy, Resources, Community (WINARC), which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. He has also served as a tennis coach at Winthrop High School.
â€œAs a Town Councilor, I pledge to be nothing but honest, diligent, and transparent. I have the character, drive, vision, and temperament to best serve Precinct 6 and the Town of Winthrop,â€ said Ruggiero about his candidacy. â€œI humbly ask for your vote on Election Day.â€
Learn more about Stephen Ruggiero and his campaign by visiting www.RuggieroForWinthrop.com, and please remember to vote in the municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5.