FOX19 called Cincinnati City Council Candidate Amy Murray to ask her our five questions for city council candidates. Murray is one of 21 candidates vying for 9 spots on the Cincinnati City Council in the November 2013 election. Her responses are below.
Tell us about yourself
Murray moved to Cincinnati 25 years ago. She was born in Minnesota and raised in Arizona.
For 14 years, she worked for P&G in global customer business development.
Murray now lives in Hyde Park with her husband, two sons and their dog, Fluffy. Her husband is retired from P&G and her sons are in high school.
Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
Murray says privatized parking is bad for neighborhoods and businesses. She's concerned that it will drive up costs.
Do you support the streetcar project?
Murray doesn't support the streetcar but is quick to point out that she does support mass transit. Murray likes the idea of a light rail system to connect the suburbs and the airport to downtown.
What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
Murray says she's proud of the work CPS has done on the Master Facilities Plan. She said CPS has some great schools like Clark, Walnut and SCPA but there's still work to do in some others.
Murray says the strength of the schools is vital to encouraging families to stay in the city.
What do you think would make Cincinnati a better place to live?
Murray says Cincinnati is an amazing place to live. She calls it "a little big city."
Murray says the city can't get better until it has a balanced budget and the pension system is taken care of.
You can learn more about Amy Murray on her campaign website.