Colleen Halbert – Guest Contributor
Jun 2 2017

In the recent election to fill vacated Place 3 of the Murphy City Council, there were four candidates vying to represent Murphy.  At the end of the day, no winner was determined.  The City Charter states a majority of the votes is required to win a Council seat.  This triggered a run-off election, which was called at the May 16th Murphy Council meeting.  The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes – Elizabeth Abraham and Chris George – will be on the ballot to determine who will ultimately represent Murphy residents.

In an unusual twist, both of the other two candidates that were on the May 6th ballot have publicly endorsed their former competitor, Chris George.  Candidate Laurel Clement, a member of the Murphy Community Development Corporation, stated “Chris has already served the City faithfully on the Planning & Zoning Board, the CPAC (Bond) Committee and Veteran’s Tribute committee and can step right in and move us forward.”  Fellow candidate Michael Post gives Mr. George's accomplishments and commitment to the citizens of Murphy as the reason why he feels his former opponent is the best candidate for Place 3 of the City Council.

Voters have the opportunity to cast their votes during early voting from May 20 through June 6.  Election Day is Saturday, June 10.