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 .

Murphy said he decided to run after 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 , Brockton City Councilmen and, and Southeastern Regional School Committee member .

The 11th Plymouth District includes precincts 1-5 in Easton and sections of Brockton. It became open when Geraldine Creedon [D-Brockton] announced she .

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."

Jimmy Donnelly May 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM
He should not have run for Selectman considering this was the plan all along. Pick one and stick with it. If he wants to be a State Rep, resign as Selectman.
Jimmy Donnelly May 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM
....and there was a time when being a Republican didnt mean spending spending spending....and that's this fellows record.
Edmund Hands May 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Quite a few people over the years have served their community as both Selectmen and State Rep. It should be a benefit not a problem. As someone who attended Town Meeting, it seems that the Selectmen and FinCom have done a good job helping the town weather the recession while continuing to progress as a community. I think it's great Dan decided to run.
Jimmy Donnelly May 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Progress(ive) being the key word there. It's not "community" when it's a select few people making decisions/deals in back rooms. Dan knew he was going to run for State Rep and he should not have had a Selectpersons seat as a safety net at the expense of other qualified candidates who would have served for the good of Easton. Here is a list of Easton Pensions for your reading pleasure: http://www.bostonherald.com/projects/your_tax_dollars.bg?src=Mtrs#page=1&results_per_page=20&order_by=&src=Mtrs&action=get_data&payroll_search=&last_school_district=EASTON%20PUBLIC%20SCHOOLS
Mozart saint cyr August 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Dan is a great man. I have known him for years. I am a registered democrat but I personally like him. His work ethic, his commitment to the community and small business and much more. It's not going to be easy for him to win the race but even if he does not win, it's still a victory because next time everyone would know who Dan Murphy is.


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