Verna Murphy is running for a Ward 1 seat in the October Election.
Murphy says while she ran in the by-election in 2015, she didn’t feel like she was a ‘political person’.
However, after the wildfire, Murphy tells Mix News helping people one on one with the bureaucracy of filling out paperwork for rebuilds, makes her feels like she can make a bigger difference helping more people at the council level.
“It’s not just dealing one on one all the time, maybe I could help get information out better or change some of the policies and procedures in place to make it easier for people for some of our basic services in town.”
Murphy adds one of the things she would like to work on if elected is making it easier for businesses to set up in Fort McMurray.
“There are businesses that still want to invest in Fort McMurray, and it’s just such a difficult process for them, so I think we really need to come up with some creative ideas because bringing those businesses to town makes it more attractive for families to move here.”
Murphy says she talked with some people who are waiting in Edmonton for their rebuild and love having their Costco and different bigger box stores. She says there’s no reason not to have those here when other municipalities like Red Deer and Grand Prairie have those services in place.
“We really have to start retaining our people here.”
While the election is still over eight months away, Murphy says she’s announcing her bid now so she can spend her time talking to residents and getting to know what issues matter to them.
“I want this campaign to belong to the community, and I want them to feel proud to go and vote and say ‘Yes she did a good campaign and she’s willing to do the work.’ and I’m really going to work to show that in the next few months.”
In the 2015 ward 1 by-election for Council, Murphy received nearly 20 per cent of the votes.
The seat is currently being held by Councillor Colleen Tatum.