By David Jenkins
There will be a pair of contested races in the Murphy City Council elections.
Jennifer Berthiaume and Stan John are running for Place 2 currently occupied by Ben St. Clair.
This is her first time running for public office, she has experience in handling budgets and all that comes with city politics.
She is a member of the Murphy Community Development Board and was a driving force behind the implementation of the Community Grant program.
Berthiaume is also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, which trains residents to assist the Murphy Fire- Rescue department in recognizing and responding to major emergencies and natural disasters that affect the community.
She has over 10 years of experience as a Geographic Information Systems analysts and consultant for municipalities, utilities and state Departments of Transportation.
John has been a resident of Murphy for the last 11 years.
He is a consultant for the Intercontinental Hotels Group.
He is on the advisory council and is a board member of Northplace Church in Sachse.
In Place 6, Don Reilly and Laurel Arnold Clement are competing for Place 6. Incumbent Rob Thomas will not be seeking reelection.
Reilly has been on the Planning and Zoning Board since Dec. 2014.
Prior to that, he served on the Ethics Review Commission and was part of the committee that interviewed current Police Chief Arthur Cotten.
Among the most important goals for Reilly is a review of the comprehensive plan.
He has over 40 years of business experience, 36 of which has been in the hotel industry. In that time he has learned to use the resources available in the most efficient manner.
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