Tom Murphy, a former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee, will seek the Democratic nomination for the County Board of Legislators seat in District 7. Legislator Judy Myers announced she will not seek re-election in the Fall for the District that includes Larchmont, Mamaroneck Town and Village, Rye City and parts of Harrison and New Rochelle.
Murphy won three elections to the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees and served for 6 years, before abruptly withdrawing for family reasons.
The announcement caught local electeds, including State Sen. George Latimer and State Rep. Steve Otis, by surprise. Myers herself, who is already working to support candidate Catherine Parker, says, “This came as a huge surprise. We did a lot of work and preparation to find the best Democratic candidate to take my place…I certainly would have sat down and talked to him if he had expressed an interest.”
Myers is supporting the candidacy of Parker, a City Councilwoman in Rye, with whom she worked on Playland and flood-related projects.
Murphy’s announcement means the Democrats will likely hold a primary. “I was hopeful we could resolve this without the huge expense of a primary,” said Myers.
Murphy writes, “I believe strongly that candidates for public office should be chosen through an open and transparent process of the entire Democratic Party, whether through a convention or a primary, and should not be anointed by party leaders.”