Concerned Citizen Hosts Candidate Forum
To the Citizens of Murphy,
Our small city has about 10,000 registered voters. Unfortunately, we typically have a tiny number of those turn out for May elections—about 500-600 votes cast. That means 6% of the eligible voters will determine the future course of our city that has a population of just over 20,000. I’ve often heard it said that “all politics are local,” perhaps because your city council will likely affect your life more directly than the federal or state government will. A large portion of your property taxes goes to the city, and the council sets that rate. Council proposed a bond package recently in which voters agreed to raise their own taxes by passing 3 of the 4 proposals. We are fortunate that our council divides issues into pieces instead of lump sum bonds like various surrounding cities do. But it is up to voters to watch what council does and vote for candidates that best reflect their wishes. Council makes decisions that affect your quality of life within the city and your pocketbook. Please consider making it a priority to cast your vote for the candidates of your choice in May!
In the “old” days, newspapers or other groups would host a candidate forum so voters could hear everyone’s different perspectives. I could find no such organization two years ago—no newspaper, not the League of Women Voters, not any group—despite investigating for almost 2 months--so I took it upon myself to organize a forum in 2017. I have been asked by several citizens to do another one this year on April 10. All the candidates have agreed to participate. After a meet and greet period from 6:00-6:30 p.m., voters will have an opportunity to submit questions that candidates will answer in a timed format. Something new for this year will be an opportunity to meet and greet your PISD and Collin College candidates during the meet and greet portion followed by very brief one minute or less formal introductions.
I hope you will make time to come to the forum and become better informed before you cast your vote on May 4.
Maggie Whitt, Concerned Citizen