Mayor Murphy Announces Re-election Bid for 2017

Thank you, family and friends, for your attendance today.

A little more than six months ago, our beloved community was faced with a calamity like it had never seen before. Flood waters were rising and threatening to destroy our city when I and other leaders stood on the picnic table just a few yards away and prayed in unison. Our community banded together in a way that it has never done before. Neighbors helped neighbors, and we were one people with only mission in mind: recover from this awful flood.

There is still much work to be done in the aftermath of those frightening times, and we must not forget our friends, business owners and neighbors who are still struggling. But there are many successes to celebrate following those terrible times, including the re-opening of nearly every business that was affected and the continued support of federal and state agencies in rebuilding.

Similarly, the City of Kinston has faced two devastating decades of declining population and a shrinking tax base. But through the sheer determination of forward-looking entrepreneurs, a steady manufacturing base, an engaged civic community, sound policies and teamwork at every level of city government, Kinston is in the beginning stages of an economic comeback that many didn’t think was possible a decade ago. We are doing the impossible.

Our community is experiencing a Renaissance right before our very eyes. Our downtown is bustling, professional baseball is back, crime is down and momentum is on our side. The past seven-plus years have seen a reduction in electric rates, more streets resurfaced and the removal of blight.

And although we are making incredible strides engaging our youth, business community, religious leaders and civic institutions, I promise you the BEST is YET to COME!

Serving my hometown as your mayor has been one of the greatest honors of my life. It has been my goal to make life better for every single person who resides within these city limits, and I have worked hard day and night to make that goal a reality.

As a husband and father of two girls, I have a vested interest in creating and facilitating an environment so that our community thrives. My girls, your children, and your grandkids deserve the absolute best that our community can provide.

Therefore, today I am announcing that I am seeking a third term as the Mayor of the City of Kinston.

Friends, supporters, and others can engage my campaign via our newly redesigned website at www.murphyformayor.com and connect via social media with @bjmurphy360.

Lastly, we ask for your prayers for our family, this campaign, and our beloved City of Kinston.

2017 Sand in the Streets Schedule

Had someone ask for the 2017 Sand in the Streets schedule a couple weeks ago and again tonight. Here’s what I received from Pride of Kinston:

Sand in the Streets 2017 Concerts
Pearson Park
Kinston, North Carolina

June 8 – Spare Change
June 22 – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
July 4 – Pizazz
July 20 – Super Grit Cowboy Band
Aug 24 – Roman Sams Band
Aug 31 – Band of Oz

Moen Expands in Kinston – 35 Jobs

Today we broke ground for Moen as they expand their Kinston, NC facility. They are investing $15 million and adding 35 new jobs here! We are thankful for all the community partners who have made this happen and looking forward to another 30+ years in our community.

Senator Thom Tillis Visits Kinston – Hurricane Matthew Relief

Rest assured that the movement we’ve started discussing options for flood prevention has already reached the halls of Congress. We are building a coalition along the Neuse River Basin to ensure this conversation is happening with our Federal and State Leaders. Here’s a story from yesterday’s meeting with US Senator Thom Tillis and NC House Majority Leader Representative John R. Bell, IV.

“A member of North Carolina’s federal delegation was in Kinston Thursday to talk flood relief.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis met with business owners, city officials and county officials from Kinston, Goldsboro, Seven Springs and Greenville to discuss how flood relief efforts are progressing six months after Hurricane Matthew.”

http://www.kinston.com/news/20170414/sen-thom-tillis-visits-kinston-to-access-flood-recovery

 

Opening Day – Down East Wood Ducks

I woke my girls up this morning with an excited shake telling them we’ve worked for 5 years to bring baseball back to Kinston. FIVE YEARS!

Also this morning at a Lenoir County Public Schools Legislative breakfast, LCPS Board Chair Jon Sargeant spoke about doing the impossible in our schools and he referenced this very day…the day we welcome professional baseball back to where it belongs. Our community is doing something many thought could not happen…the impossible!

The field is ready! The stadium is in incredible shape thanks to our City Management, City Council, and Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept.

And we’ve ordered beautiful weather for you. 😉 See you tonight #DEWD fans! Let’s go Down East Wood Ducks! Thank you Texas Rangers!

Hurricane Matthew Six Months Later

Six months ago today, I left the house about 4pm to pick up a sappy movie for my wife at the Redbox, then I would swing by the Kinston Public Services operations center to say thanks to our employees working the 24 hour service calls through the heavy rain, and off to the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue to say hello to Chief Crawford. You see the spaghetti model shown was the projected path of #HurricaneMatthew as of 6:51 am. One of the other pictures I took was in front of Bojangles on Vernon Avenue at 2:30 am the next morning…amazed at the number of abandoned cars. Little did we know the true path, the amount of rain from Raleigh to the coast, and the number of lives that would be lost.

I never made it to the fire station as we opened our Emergency Operations Center around 5:00 pm, effectively calling a curfew for our 21,000 citizens. As I watched our Kinston Police Department, Fire, and Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept. professionals literally triage over 300 rescue operations in Kinston alone, it became apparent that the City of Kinston employees are some of the finest in the country. And, that we work with the best and brightest at Lenoir County Emergency Services, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, NC Emergency Management, and North Carolina National Guard.

Because of their tireless bravery and training many lives were spared.
  

 

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk

Great meeting Anna Bulszewicz with WCTI NewsChannel 12 today and thankful she helped emcee the 3rd annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. We have 2,000 residents in Lenoir County affected by dementia and there’s no cure or survivors. Please pray for a cure.

 

WITN7 – Hurricane Matthew After Six Months

Our Planetarium hosted their first school group this week nearly 6 months after #HurricaneMatthew. Very thankful for all the volunteers who helped us replace floors, scrub displays, paint and more. See some of the results for yourself in this video and then stop by soon!

WITN Anna Phillips
April 6 at 10:10pm ·
The Neuseway Nature Park’s Planetarium & Science Museum reopened on Wednesday and the Nature Center should be ready by May. Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Dept. staff have been working alongside community volunteers for months… as local leaders like Mayor BJ Murphy and Neuse Sport Shop President & CEO Russell Rhodes work to get legislators talking about how to minimize future flood risk.
http://www.witn.com/content/news/Neuseway-Nature-Center-near-reopening-six-months-since-Hurricane-Matthew-418581793.html

City of Goldsboro Passes Flood Prevention Resolution

Happy to announce that the City Government of Goldsboro, NC has also adopted a Flood Prevention Resolution for the Lower Neuse River Basin in addition to the City of Kinston and Lenoir County. Mayor Chuck Allen and his team showed strong leadership during Hurricane Matthew and I’m honored to serve alongside him.