Rosalie T. Ruegg, Democrat, District 4

Rosalie T. Ruegg, Democrat, District 4

Part one: Let’s talk the issues in 25 words or less.  

1. Do you support the county sales tax referendum? What about the bond referendum for schools?

I support both the county sales tax referendum and the bond referendum for schools.

2. What is the most pressing issue facing the district you are running to represent?

A pressing issue is preserving the beaches and keeping the land, air, infrastructure and surrounding waters clean and safe.

3. Do you support offshore testing, drilling and development off the state’s coast?

I do not support offshore testing, drilling and development off the state’s coast.

4. How can the county better adapt to climate change and prepare for future storms?

To prepare for high winds and rising seas, I favor strengthening dunes and vegetation, and adopting appropriate standards for buildings and infrastructure. 

5. Do you support school reopening in person, virtually or a hybrid model given the coronavirus pandemic?

With respect to school reopenings, I support a hybrid model applied case-by-case until the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is past. 

6. Would you like to see the Confederate monument remain on courthouse grounds in Beaufort?

I favor moving the Confederate monument from the courthouse grounds to a museum or a commemorative fort or battle ground. 

Part two: Meet your candidate. 

111 Pinewood Place, Emerald Isle, email, phone 252-269-1131

Since 2000, I have lived in Emerald Isle, where I’ve run an economics consulting company and enjoyed the local community. I grew up on a family farm in eastern North Carolina, and after being a farmworker, I became an economist. This followed graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and going to the University of Maryland (MA), The American University (MBA) and receiving certificates from MIT, Georgetown University and Harvard University. I served as director of the economics assessment office of the Advanced Technology Program, senior economist at NIST, financial economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and college instructor in economics. I’ve published, received awards and served on local, national and international boards. In short, I have had a long and enjoyable career, with 35 years of public service and 20 years in private business, bringing me to the age of 78 last week. In retirement, I continue service on a National Academies of Science and Engineering Committee and enjoy bicycling, horseback riding, snorkeling and dog walking. Now I’m having a go at writing a book of short stories. If elected, I would like the opportunity to contribute more to District 4.  Reach me at

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