Janesville School Board member to seek 44th District seat
Kevin Murray recently announced his candidacy for the 44th Assembly District seat, which includes most of Janesville.
The seat is held by freshman Rep. Joe Knilans, R-Janesville, who told the Gazette he intends to run for re-election.
Murray, 55, of 35 S. Randall Ave., Janesville, is running as a Democrat. He is a retired Janesville firefighter and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Murray’s announcement is early but not unprecedented for an election that doesn’t happen until November 2012.
“Politically, it’s about getting out and getting the support early, before other people get out and get that,” he said.
Murray said he has heard at least one other Democrat is considering a run, so there’s likely to be a primary election.
Murray ran for the Assembly seat in 2004, coming in second in the three-way Democratic primary to Mike Sheridan.
Murray was re-elected in April to his third three-year term on the school board. He said the results of that election, in which he garnered 1,064 more votes than the next-highest vote-getter, were encouraging.
Murray calls himself a moderate Democrat who has worked with all sectors of the community, including local business leaders, in a variety of fundraising projects.
He said in his announcement that he is “concerned” with the direction of state government, especially with the hastily passed legislation that takes away most collective bargaining rights from public-sector employees.
That legislation has divided the community, and Murray’s announcement said he seeks to restore the “cooperation and teamwork that involves our business community, our labor and workforce.”