Patricia Joan Murphy Announces Run for Cook County Board Seat
In the town she was born and raised in, Patricia Joan Murphy, daughter of the late, longtime Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy announced her candidacy for Cook County Commissioner, 6th District, vowing to fight future tax increases and make a difference for the residents of the Southland district.
A longtime small business owner, Murphy understands that Cook County is in “dire fiscal shape,” and needs revenue, but was 100 percent against the sweetened beverage tax she dubbed the “Moody Sugar Tax,” after her opponent, “appointed" commissioner Ed Moody voted yes, forcing the go-ahead, tie-breaking Preckwinkle vote.
“Raising taxes on our hard-working citizens and ignoring cost management is not the fix,” Murphy said. “I’m proud that my Repeal the Moody Sugar Tax campaign efforts and the immense public backlash were an integral part of a message that forced commissioners to plan a repeal. Fresh ideas for educating our youth and creating economic development will help our residents, not picking their pocketbooks. Like every family and business in the 6th District, the County must learn to live within its means. We need to increase revenue streams through economic development, protect small business owners, and ensure our families make a livable wage that provides expendable income to feed our local economy. We also need to make the Southland more attractive to manufacturing, Tech Centers, Industrial Parks and Business Districts, which will generate jobs for our residents vested in their neighborhoods.
“Political self-interest has crept into our great district, and as a result, our 6th District seat was appointed to Mike Madigan’s crony and insider, Ed Moody,” said Murphy. “This is evidence of Chicago-style wayward politics that has put our county and Illinois in the dysfunctional state they are in. I intend to bring local politics back to the people.
”Murphy said she is dedicated to the people who live in the 6th District and understands the district’s great assets and unique needs. She said she will listen to the citizens, business owners and leaders within the district, and put their needs first.
Murphy said that she will reintroduce and expand programs that benefit veterans and seniors. “We are blessed that the 6th District has so many seniors and veterans who are willing to share their wisdom, and we should nurture those relationships. I also want to make sure we are fully investing in the future of our youth, and be certain they have all the education, training, after school programs and more, to prepare them for any career path they choose, setting them up for success.
“I hold our south suburban communities and all of their people close to my heart.It’s not clout or money I can offer; it’s my time, dedication, entrepreneurial experience, and fresh ideas, uninfluenced by a political machine that I am committed to share. I believe I was made to make a difference.”