Dan Murphy to Run for State Rep
Easton Selectman will be the lone republican in the race.
Easton Selectman Dan Murphy (R-Easton) will officially be kicking off a campaign for State Rep in the 11th Plymouth District next month.
Murphy recently submitted the necessary signatures to qualify for the race, and said he plans to move forward as a candidate. His kickoff event is scheduled for June 13 at Easton Country Club.
Murphy said he decided to run after April 24's Easton Selectmen election when he and Colleen Corona were re-elected to the board. If elected as a State Representative in November, Murphy said he will stay on and continue to serve Easton as a Selectman.
"I talked to all of [the Selectmen] and told them it was a possibility so they wouldn’t have to hear it from someone else," he said. "They were all supportive. I think they assumed I would stay on and I think that they’re all OK with that."
He said that after his Selectmen re-election campaign, he wanted to make the State Rep decision with his family.
"My biggest issue in terms of being up in the air was having a chance to discuss it with the family and talk about whether it would be good for us," he said. "To run a campaign like this, it takes a full commitment from the whole family.
"It had come up, obviously, but we hadn’t had that full conversation until after April 24."
Also an accountant for Easton's Murphy & Co. and three H&R Blocks in the area, he said time commitment will not be an issue.
"The key to getting anything done is being well organized and finding a time and a place for everything," he said. "From a work perspective, this is not a heavy time. I still have a lot of work to do, but I can spend the next five months spending a lot of time on this."
Murphy will be the lone Republican candidate in the race.
The Democratic field is comprised of Easton resident and Brockton attorney Claire Cronin, Brockton City Councilmen Jass Stewart and Robert Sullivan, and Southeastern Regional School Committee member Mark Linde.
The 11th Plymouth District includes precincts 1-5 in Easton and sections of Brockton. It became open when Geraldine Creedon [D-Brockton] announced she would not run for re-election this year.
While Murphy will be representing republicans, he said getting the right person for the job was more important than political party.
"I thought I could represent the district well," he said. "I thought I could do a good job. I thought I could win."