Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy says there is still too much she wants to see accomplished before she walks away from office.
Murphy filed her paperwork with the elections supervisor this week to run for re-election. She is the first candidate to file for the Upper Keys County Commission seat.
Before leaving office, Murphy would like to see all the county sewer projects completed and the county resolve all of its floodplain issues with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its habitat protection issues with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"I would like to have a farewell party to all of those issues," Murphy said. "I want to put all this to bed. There will be new issues, but at least they will be different."
Murphy has served on the commission for nearly six years, having been seated in a mid-term election against Glenn Patton shortly after the death of Commissioner Murray Nelson in 2006.
She boasts much experience from her community involvement. Murphy was a Tavernier Fire and Ambulance Department volunteer from 1981 until 1986, when she became a paid ambulance worker for the county. She since has retired, but remains active in fire and ambulance issues.
She was the Monroe County Human Services Board (HSB) chairwoman, a nine-year member of the Upper Keys Health Care Taxing District, and served on both county and HSB task forces in an attempt to unify the county's trauma service. Murphy served as the secretary of the Tavernier Community Association and was active in the four-year Livable CommuniKeys process in her community.
Smart growth is her main focus. She opposed the widening of the 18-Mile Stretch and allowing developers to build a hotel at the Key West airport and on Shrimp Road in Stock Island without the required state building allocations. She has opposed the transfer of development rights from a Big Pine Key trailer park to the former Rowell's Marina in Key Largo, as it would have moved units from an affordable housing development and placed them in an upscale condo project. Most recently, she argued against Florida Department of Transportation plans to pave the shoulder along U.S. 1 in Key Largo, which she and opponents call a "fifth lane."
Murphy prides herself on being "fair and aboveboard," she said.
The position is a four-year term that pays $44,283 a year.