Overflow crowd hears Murray make mayoral run official

Overflow crowd hears Murray make mayoral run official

CUMBERLAND - William "Bill" Murray made official on Monday what everyone knew already.

The freshman Town Council member from Cumberland Hill is a candidate for mayor next year.

The Democrat is the first to formally announce for the seat that 12-year Mayor Daniel McKee is leaving vacant to run for lieutenant governor.

Murray's announcement to an overflow crowd of nearly 200, by his count, came during a fundraiser at the Cumberland House of Pizza. Elected officials on hand included McKee, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, former Cumberland Mayor Rick Alger, state Sens. Ryan Pearson and Roger Picard, state Reps. Mia Ackerman and Jim McLaughlin, and School Committee Chairwoman Lisa Beaulieu.

In his remarks, he offered no specific details about his vision for Cumberland but did promise "full details" as the campaign moves forward next year.

Generally, he said, his issues will be fiscal responsibility, education for all, safety, recreation and parks, advocacy for senior citizens, support for small businesses and economic development.

He said later, "I'm in this to win it and I'm not afraid to be the front guy out."

The candidate said he's in the process of this week creating an advisory committee of about 20 individuals to serve as a sounding board.

Murray, 74, currently heads the Town Council's Board of License Control, which oversees liquor license issues, and serves on the Finance subcommittee.

Murray cites his involvement in the fire consolidation committee and liaison work with the Parks & Recreation Department, which in the past year has upgraded the field at Tucker Field, launched a Diamond Hill Park improvements and added lights and signs to the Heritage Park.

Murray is a New York native who, with his wife, Jean, raised five children and now counts a dozen grandchildren. He lives at 191 Staples Road and says he's been a resident for 48 years.

He's owned Bill Murray & Associates since 1997 and was previously vice president of a national distribution company.

He's on the board of directors of the Highland Country Club in Attleboro and previously was involved with Cumberland Little League, the R.I. Interscholastic Basketball League Committee; Cumberland High School Parents Club; Woonsocket Jaycees and Rhode Island Jaycees; and Cumberland Public Skating Programs.

Heading into what seems to be the launch of the 2014 election season, Murray's third-quarter campaign expenses report shows him with a cash balance of $606 after spending $412 on campaign expenses between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Several others have indicated an interest in running for mayor. Among them is Jeff Mutter, the former Town Council president who's now vice chairman of the school board, Also a Democrat, he has said he'll announce a decision next spring.

Not running after much speculation around town is the former police chief and current head of the Division of Motor Vehicles, Tony Silva.

Comments

Best Wishes & Special kudos to William "Bill" Murray upon his announcement to seek the Mayoralty in the Towm of Cumberland.

We wish him all the best in these times of political frey and partisan winds and believe his many years in JAYCEE circles and being a RI JCI Senator among his other attributes, should prepare him to capture the confidence of his fellow Cumberland citizens and voters in marking the makings of a strong and wholesome leader.

Good Luck and highest regards in attaining new community heights!

Blessings to all in this Spiritual Holiday Season.

Jack Lancellotta, Ex. Director
JCS Education & Library Foundation
RI JCI Senate, Sec't.