Keeping an eye on the town's finances remains important, Ruland said. "We are fortunate in Southold, our budget is under control and we have a double-A1 bond rating," he said. "It's important to keep an eye on it; small changes on large numbers equal big savings. We don't spend more than we can afford." Maintaining water quality will be important, with storm waste runoff and septic management areas to focus on, he added. Ruland said he also will continue to push on fleet and fuel management for the town's vehicles and equipment. "The vehicles belong to the people and we need to use them wisely and efficiently." Ruland, who was born and raised in Mattituck, said, "There is no greater privilege than serving my community."
Ruland, 67, of Mattituck, is also running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. A longtime farmer, he is seeking his third term on the town council. He served 24 years on the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District board, 13 of them as president and chief financial officer. He is a former vice president and director of the Long Island Farm Bureau. His family farm has been in operation since 1716. He is married and has two adult children.