By G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield School Committee member Peter Murphy is also running in the race to succeed state Rep. Sean Curran in the 9th Hampden District.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Murphy has served the School Committee for the past four years and said, “It would be an honor for me to advocate for Springfield and Chicopee as I’ve advocated for children in the city of Springfield.”
He added, “I have been an assistant district attorney, a city official, a small business owner, an elected representative and the parent of three beautiful children. I am confident that this experience will make ma an effective legislator. Together we must built quality schools, secure the safety of our streets and grow a thriving local economy. This region has given me tremendous opportunities. It is time to give back to the community that has given me so much.”
Murphy told Reminder Publications that if he was elected among his legislative priorities would be supporting universal pre-school, which he views a “critical issue.”
Because of his experience as both an assistant district attorney and as a public defender, Murphy also would work on continued justice reform. He believes some of the “sentencing schemes are not cost effective and are not keeping the public as safe as they should be.”
As a small business owner, Murphy said he understands those challenges and would work to help grow the economy.
“The state and the 9th Hampden District are still experiencing the effects of the 2007 to 2009 recession. We need to create more jobs and provide more opportunities for our citizens. We must make sure all of our young people have access to a quality education and our seniors have affordable health care that allows them to live in dignity,” he said.
Although most of the district is in Springfield, parts of it are in Chicopee and Murphy said, “I feel very close to Chicopee.”
He lives on Armory Street and the district he represents on the School Committee borders on Chicopee. His mother is a Chicopee native and Murphy worked at one time at Elms College.
He added he has spoken to state Rep. Joseph Wagner and state Sen. James Welch to discuss issues that concern Chicopee.
With a crowded field of candidates for the seat, Murphy said he is looking to candidate forums and debates.