Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA – Daniel Murphy has been the missing man in Arcata’s City Council campaign. Business and travel commitments kept him from participating in candidate forums, and interviews were limited to Facebook messages.
But Murphy, a Sunny Brae resident, thinks he has what it takes to serve on the council – and if not this time around, in two years.
Born in Stockton, Murphy said he is a single parent and 13-year Arcata resident. His daughter graduated from Arcata High School.
His priorities include topics at the forefront of many Arcatans’ concerns. “I would like to work on homelessness and jobs,” he said.
Apart from that, Murphy will rely on his background to guide his council service. “There’s really no platform,” he said. “It’s just about knowing the issues and issues for Humboldt are small business, marijuana, roads, local economy and housing.”
Continued Murphy, “I think I’d be a great candidate to keep the [Humboldt] idea alive. I know that we need jobs and housing, and tax some of the marijuana to create revenue for roads, infrastructure, the bay and police.”
Murphy likens himself to a couple of incumbent councilmembers, but was slightly stung by the lack of support from one. Said Murphy: “[I] think a lot like Paul [Pitino] and I have similar thought as Michael [Winkler],” he said. “I as [sic] Michael if he would sign for my [sic] to put me on the billit [sic] and he say [sic] NO, Ha Ha. I think that is not very Arcatain [sic] of him you know.”
“This is my first time and I will do a great job,” Murphy said. “There is [sic] two spots in two years that will give me time to get myself known, raise funds and make signs.”