Friday, February 26, 2016

7- Candidate Glenn Murphy

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity.

Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Glenn Murphy. Enjoy our Q/A with Glenn:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

We need someone that will be committed to the job. As an independent with no political association, my only agenda is to meet the needs of the constituents. I will be accessible, I will listen and I will take action. I will address all concerns expressed by the people living in Ward 7. I will be your voice at city hall.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

We must expand services for seniors. We need to find ways to educate people on how to access all services. More intimate and affordable facilities for end of life care like the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice are required. We have to ensure that our schools are updated and improved upon, not shut down. Workers and students need a secure future. This can be achieved by encouraging job creation and retention in the Hamilton area. The issue of rising property taxes needs to be addressed. We need to make sure every tax dollar is being spent wisely. An improved public transportation bus system is needed. Additional express bus routes are required, particularly for residents in the southern parts of Ward 7. I will speak up and follow-up until a satisfactory resolution has been found to all issues expressed by my constituents.

3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance. What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?

Councillors appear to be working better than in the past. I will give them a 70% rating at this time and hopefully we can improve the grade. They need to stay connected with their constituents to ensure all concerns are being addressed. It is time that a new perspective be brought to the table. Ward 7 needs a representative that will be prepared and will speak up at community and council meetings, not just show up.

4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?

You can reach me by phone at 905-975-1790 or e-mail at murf@bell.net.

5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.

I am proud to call Ward 7 my home. For 52 years I have lived in this community. I attended St. Michael Catholic Elementary School, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School (when it was part of Ward 7) and obtained my Radio Broadcasting Diploma at Mohawk College. As Vice President of the Student Council, I worked together with Ti-Cat alumnus Dick Wesolowski to design the Arnold Centre at Mohawk College. I currently work in the Engineering Operations Department for 900 CHML/Y108 FM/Fresh Radio 95.3 and own Murf Music.

After caring for my ailing parents, who have since passed away, I purchased the family home. I enjoy spending time with my sister's family and life-long friends that I have made in this community. Pleased to have supported the Trap, Neuter and Return program at the HBSPCA for a feral cat colony in my neighbourhood.

6. Is there anything else you would like to add?

If you have any concerns or ideas about Ward 7 or Hamilton please call me.

1 comment:

  1. Gordon HarropFebruary 27, 2016

    Good Luck in the upcoming election Glen. I know you would bring a lot to the table & would be an asset to council. I think of your parents every time I pass your house on Mohawk Road.They would both be very proud to see your name on the ballot! Unfortunately I live in Ward 6 or you would have my vote for sure! Again Good Luck Glen


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