Craig was born and raised in Kent County, Delaware along the shores of the Delaware Bay and the muddy banks of the Leipsic River. Lifelong resident of Leipsic, Delaware, Craig still finds mud stuck between his toes, which has him rooted to the connections between local lifestyles of the residents of the 14th District and how that intertwines with the vast estuary he has grown up with. A needful balance in our future depends on the decisions we coordinate among the communities we live in, the stewardship of the open spaces and farmland that feed us, and the life giving estuary that borders land and sea at our local shores.
A graduate of Dover High School with Vocational training in the trade of welding. Craig then went on to a Commercial Diving Program at the Florida Institute of Technology. This blue collar background has inspired the development of numerous small business opportunities that he has built for the last forty years. These opportunities range from the creation and development of wildlife habitat and management areas to commercially working the waters of the Delaware Bay and its tributaries. Craig participates in Delaware's Commercial fishing, crabbing, and oyster industries, and has represented Delaware as a legislative proxy at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for six years.
Craig and his wife of ten years, Joanne live and work within the 14th District. Their son Matthew who is well into his thirties and growing his own family after a six year period of service in the United States Coast Guard has decided to plant his roots in Delaware. Matthew has used his GI Bill benefits to advance his education at Wilmington University with a bachelor’s degree and is currently working towards a masters with the hope of being employed in the Appoquinimink School District.
Community leadership has always been a family tradition. Craig’s Grandfather Horace Pugh Sr. was a Charter Member of the Leipsic Vol. Fire Co. and held the office of Mayor, for the Town of Leipsic for nearly twenty years. Craig's Father Horace Pugh Jr. has served the community as Chief of the Leipsic Vol. Fire Co. at different points in time through a six decade period. Horace Jr. also holds Chief Emeritus Status with the Smyrna Vol. Fire Co. for his long term dedicated community service. Craig has answered this calling of family tradition to community service as First Asst. Chief of the Leipsic Vol. Fire Co. through the years of ( 1982-1983 / 1987-1991 / 1995-1997 ) In addition he has also served as Second Asst. Chief during ( 1985-1986 / 2008-2009 ). As it was for his grandfather; Craig has served again for the community as a Leipsic Town Councilperson at different points in time for eighteen years. Fifteen of which as the Mayor of the community he finds so uniquely nestled in the center of the Delaware Estuary with its own diverse needs and challenges.
Other lifetime involvement would include Lifetime Member of the NRA, Lifetime Member of Leipsic Vol. Fire Co., Lifetime Member of the RMEF. Member of Roby Methodist Church, Member of Ducks Unlimited.
Craig Pugh bringing Sea Grant to Leipsic and Kent County
How to crack a crab by Mayor Craig Pugh