Voice Of Texas Questionnaire

 

I have always had the belief that if I am sent a questionnaire, I do my best to answer it unless I feel the questionnaire is only written to create controversy or form weapons to attack the person that answers it. Even though I may not receive the endorsement from certain organizations, I do feel that it is necessary for others to see what I will consistently stand for: LIBERTY!

To review my Voice of Texas questionnaire answers, CLICK HERE!

I would love to see your comments regarding my answers. Comments from District 147 will be given priority. 

 


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston Questionnaire

I have always had the belief that if I am sent a questionnaire, I do my best to answer it unless I feel the questionnaire is only written to create controversy or form weapons to attack the person that answers it. Even though I may not receive the endorsement from certain organizations, I do feel that it is necessary for others to see what I will consistently stand for: LIBERTY!

To review my Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston Questionnaire answers, CLICK HERE!

I would love to see your comments regarding my answers. Comments from District 147 will be given priority. 

 


Texas Rep Sierra Club Questionaire

It is that time of the campaign season where all of the organizations are sending out their questionnaires. I have always had the belief that if I am sent a questionnaire, I do my best to answer it unless I feel the questionnaire is only written to create controversy or form weapons to attack the person that answers it. Even though I may not receive the endorsement from certain organizations, I do feel that it is necessary for others to see what I will consistently stand for: LIBERTY!

To review my Sierra Club questionnaire answers, CLICK HERE!

I would love to see your comments regarding my answers. Comments from District 147 will be given priority. 


Let's Take Time To Honor Those We Have Lost...

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Among all of the talk about who is in and who is out in the Republican Primary Debate and all of the heated political discussion we have here locally in Houston. I hope we call all take the time to stop, just for a moment, to remember and honor the 7 brave astronauts that we lost 30 years ago in the Space Shuttle Challenger. 

Just like so many of us, I remember that day vividly. I was watching the space shuttle launch with my grade school class on TV. All of us were so proud of that specific day not only because we another launch was happening, but because a teacher (Christa McAuliffe) was a part of the crew. It is like we were all on board the Challenger. 

Once the explosion occurred, an deafening silence filled the room. We were all in shock as to what we had just witnessed.  Tears filled the every eye in our classroom and all of the other classrooms that were watching the live coverage, and no words were able to be spoken. As a son of a school teacher, I and my mother, took this tragedy really hard because she was one of the thousands of teachers that wanted to fill that seat on the Challenger. Again, words were hard to come by in our household, until we both sat down together to listen to President Ronald Reagan address to the nation: 

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them. -Ronald Reagan

I have never felt so close to a sitting president before that day. It was as if he was speaking to me directly and left me with a since of hope, pride, and inspiration to never give up regardless of what life hands you. President Reagan knew exactly what to say to pull all of us back together so we could help our neighbors get through this tragic situation as one brave nation. Even today after watching the speech again, I am boosted to continue with persistence though my own challenges for running for Texas House of Representatives-District 147 and strengthening our communities in the process. It is a tough challenge but as Reagan so eloquatly stated the future does not belong to the fainthearted.  I pray this encourages you as well.

We want and need strong representations of leadership like what President Reagan showed that day to better our shining city, and I as your next representative in the Texas House I will continue to strive to be that leader. After you take the time to honor Ellison Onizuka, Mike Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Greg Jarvis, Ron McNair and Judith Resnik, I ask that you consider supporting me and this campaign to bring back the Accountability, Responsibility, and Communities that we all desperately desire. After all, it is never about me, it is about US. God Bless US, God Bless Texas, and God Bless Houston!

Sincerely, 

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Matt Murphy
Candidate For Texas House of Representative-District 147

 

 

 

 


The Results Are In...

Can you forgive me for posting a little bit of my venerability? I pray so. 

IMG_5436.JPGThe day that Shawn and I went in to vote at the polls, I felt something that I have not felt in a long time since Shawn was born. I felt that I was accomplishing something by casting my vote like I had done so many times religiously before we had to go through Shawn's medical journey and my Ironman journey to help other families with birth defects. It was also such a great experience to watch my son go to the polls with "Daddy" for the first time. I remember what it meant to me when my parents did it with me, and I could see in his eyes that it meant a lot to him as well. 

What he may never realize is how I was feeling when I came to my name on the ballot. I immediately started to question to myself, "Have we done enough? Will people actually vote for me? Will my vote be the only one I see next to my name on election night coverage?" All of a sudden a sense of peace came over me as I felt God tell me, "I am proud of your work, and you are victorious!" I smiled, pushed the button, and proudly put on my "I Voted" sticker. I again was being the change that I wanted to see even though I had not participated in that civil duty in recent years, but according to the numbers, I was not the only one.

According to the Harris County Clerks office, voting across the board was up 150% from the previous open seat mayoral election. Nearly 90,000 that had not previously voted joined me in voting in this election. This gave us a 27.41% participation rate of eligible voters compared to 19.12% in 2009. VICTORY for bringing back Accountability and Responsibility back to City Hall.  Hopefully we will see that participation percentage in the runoff elections as well.

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On election night, I also found victory in the fact that I was not the only one that voted for me, but I had 17,696 people that believed in me and this campaign. Again, I declared VICTORY because I knew that they felt I gave them something to vote for instead of something that made them stay at home and not voting. I am so proud, honored, and humbled to have received your votes and support. Thank you for believing in me. Even though we did not make it to the runoff, I believe that our communities are stronger because of this campaign, and I don't have any regrets. 

There are so many people to thank, that it would take forever, but here are just a few: 

  1. I want to thank my wife, Rachel, for being there every step of the way. I know it was hard at times, but you and Shawn believed in me and pushed me to march on. I love you!
  2. I want to thank my mom, Samantha, for keeping me humble while encouraging me to give it everything I had. 
  3. I want to thank my son, Shawn, for being my inspiration to run for city council in the first place to help leave Houston a better place for all of our son's and daughters. 
  4. I want to thank Josh Jones for believing in me and making the sacrifices he made to make this campaign viable. 
  5. I want to thank my best friend, Ryan Perdue, for being there every step of the way including on election night.
  6. I want to thank all of those that endorsed our campaign including the Kingwood Tea Party, Spring Branch Republicans, Republican Liberty Caucus-Houston, Texans For Financial Responsibility, Texas Tea Party, and Houston Voters For Companion Animals.
  7. I want to thank Bob Hall for giving me words of encouragement when I needed them the most. 
  8. I want to thank all of the precinct chairs, SD chairs, and SREC chairs, and individuals that came out publicly to endorse me. 
  9. Finally, Thank You Jeffrey!

We ran the campaign that we wanted to run. We ran with honesty and integrity, and we never attacked anyone else in this race even though we were attacked. That is something I am very proud of. 

It is time for us to rally the troops one more time to elect a new mayor, controller, and council on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I have been asked if I was willing to endorse some of the candidates in the race, but I have decided to only endorse in the Mayor (Bill King) and Controller (Bill Frazer) races. No matter what I encourage you to educate yourself on which candidates are in the runoff and hopefully find the one that you feel is going to get Houston out of our financial crisis that we are currently in, provide the core services we all deserve as Houstonians, and make our communities stronger. 

So what happens next for me? Well, I have already giving up my private life when I became a public candidate, and I will continue to be in the public eye. I want to continue our "Know Your Neighbor" initiative that has helped strengthen our neighborhoods. I will continue to be an advocate for birth defect awareness, protecting our "Furry Family" members by getting Houston to a "No Kill" status in our shelters, and promoting bike safety and positive improvements to make Houston more bike friendly. I will also continue to watch city hall to provide another person that is trying to keep them more accountable to spending our tax dollars wisely. You all deserve my best effort, and you have my word that I will give it to you.

I had a blast in this campaign, and I eventually will do it again someday. I hope I will get your support then too, so stay tuned as I update this blog on what I am doing to make Houston a better place for all of us in the meantime.  

God bless all of you, and thank you again. 

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Matt Murphy

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Refund Houston

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Today a judge ordered to overturn Houston's Drainage Fee or what is commonly known as Rebuild Houston.

The tax was supposed to pay for improvements to drainage and streets. Homeowners paid an extra fee every month to cover that cost, but because of deceptive ballot language, tax payers were not aware of the exact cost of what each homeowner and business owner had to pay. This caused several Houstonians to step up after the 2010 election to file suit because of the ballot language. Earlier this year in May, the Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the ruling needed to go back to a lower court to determine if the city should continue collecting the drainage tax, and Mayor Parker had plenty of time to place an item on the agenda to stop the collection of taxes, but she refused. 

In order for Rebuild Houston to continue, a new election will have to be held if the city wants to re-impose the drainage fee. 

This is another example of the Mayor not allowing the Houston City Council to perform their ministerial duties to Houstonians. On several occasions, I have gone before the city to demand stronger accountability to the voters on issues like this, and sadly Mayor Parker has ignored our requests. 

Friday, October 30th is the final day for early voting until the general election on November 3rd. I urge you to educate yourself on those candidates for Houston Mayor and Houston City Council that have campaigned on continuing Rebuild Houston.

As stated before, I have seen how we have "Robbed the Lockbox" time and time again to pay for parts of our budget that are unsustainable. The drainage fee has collected over $500 million and half of that has gone to paying city salaries. Other money has gone to paying for bike paths and not repairing the streets and drainage that desperately need attention. 

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I took the time earlier this year to determine how many actual projects were completed by researching the Rebuild Houston website, and I was shocked at what I found:

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Projects Actually Completed

The next Houston Mayor and City Council will not only have to deal with fixing an unsustainable budget and pensions, but now they will have to figure out how to refund Houstonians the $500 million that was collected illegally because of Rebuild Houston. We will need leaders that will be fiscally responsible and spent money on the core basics that a city is responsible for. As your next Houston City Council At Large #4 Member:

  • I will lobby and demand that we start a review of our current budget to find wasteful spending and inefficiencies.
  • I will find the most efficient way to refund Houstonians their taxes that were unlawfully collected. 
  • I will work with the Mayor to find a sustainable way to pay for our streets and drainage. 
  • I will also work with the mayor and other council members to lobby the state to gain local control of our city pensions to negotiate effectively with our police, fire, and municipal workers.  
  • I will provide a stronger sense of Accountability and Responsibility to our voters
  • I will work to strengthen our Community for our future generations. 

 

I need your support and vote today and on Tuesday, November 3rd. Without your support we cannot win, but with your support we cannot lose!


Here's Your Sign!

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Recently, there have been a lot of people asking why we have not put out any campaign signs for our campaign, so we felt it was time to explain why you are not seeing them.

There are several conflicting studies out there that discusses the importance of campaign signs to winning an election, but we feel that they do not provide a great return on investment. 

The worst part of the whole thing is campaign signs have a tendency to clutter and trash our streets and neighborhoods since most campaign staff and volunteers put them up illegally in places that are against the city sign ordinance. It is my belief that by making and distributing a bunch of campaign signs, we are just contributing to what is making our great city so ugly.

Since I am a political outsider, I did initially have about 50 campaign signs made up, and they were giving out to those that requested them in the beginning. We even used a few in our "Campaign of Now"events that we had all over the city, but when it came down to making a huge investment in getting more made instead of using our campaign money in other more valuable places, we chose to not to have anymore made.  As a fiscal conservative that wants to focus on making our city a better place financially, I always disliked what campaign signs do to our city during election time. As they say, "signs don't vote; people do".

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Instead of a campaign sign, we decided that the best way to get our name out there is through the collaboration and strength our supporters and those that endorse us. By doing this, it is staying true to the grassroots movement that we have been since the beginning of our campaign and bringing our communities together.

The best way to help this campaign is to tell at least 5 of your friends to vote for Matt Murphy For Houston City Council At Large #4. Since they are your friends and they trust you, we will have a much better opportunity with your help to win this election and bring back Accountability and Responsibility back to city hall while we strengthen our Community

MM4H-T-Shirt-Front.pngIf you would like to wear your support, then please let us know. We have made up some t-shirts that we would be happy to give out to those that would like one. We would be honored to see you wearing them!

Finally, we ask that you to bring out your artistic side and create a sign to show your support for our "Campaign of Now". As a family man, I felt this could be a great opportunity for you to find a way to spend time with your children, so we have created a template that you can download and print off if you would like your kids to color it in. Feel free to use if you choose or simply just create your own unique sign if you like. Please send pictures of your masterpieces and wearing your "Matt Murphy For Houston" shirts to our campaign email or post on our Facebook Page so we can highlight them to all of the other supporters. 

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 Thank you for all that you do, and remember:

WITHOUT YOU we cannot win; WITH YOU we cannot lose!


Early Voting Time

It is hard to believe that early voting is now upon us. Our team has worked so hard over the past 6 months to get to this point, and I could not be more proud of what has been accomplished. To all of those that has gotten us this far, I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done. We would not be where we are today without you. 

From the beginning, we said that we were going to run a positive "Campaign of Now" that focused on Accountability, Responsibility, and Community. We wanted to give people something to vote for instead of being against something enough to stay at home on election day. We had several hurdles that we have had to overcome including being a political outsider and the overall general distrust that most people have in regards to politicians, but actions have spoken louder than words and persistence has paid off. We have truly shown through this campaign that you don't have to wait to be elected to be of service to the people. I am proud to say that I feel our communities are stronger because we embarked on this campaign. Now the time is upon us to VOTE. 

Shaw & Matt Present H.O.P.E. Flag In D.C.This weekend I had the privilege to speak at the National Birth Defect Prevention Network Annual Conference in Washington D.C. about how important it is to organize and collaborate within our communities around a championed cause to make a difference. At first, I did not want to go because I knew that I would miss the first day of early voting. Fortunately, those same individuals that helped us get organized started the process for us by spreading the word about early voting until my family could get back.

Voting With Shawn

My family flew in late last night into Houston IAH, so we missed the chance to vote last night. Of course that did not stop us from making it a #1 priority this morning before dropping Shawn off at school. I was so excited to share that experience with my son. It was amazing to watch his face light up when I asked him to push the "Cast Ballot" button for me or see how proud he was to receive his "I Voted" sticker that he planned to wear all day at school. 

I am happy that my parents taught me the importance of participating in the electoral process, and I am glad that I could pass that down to Shawn. I have learned even through my own mistakes that if you don't vote, then you don't matter; but you are still affected by those that are elected to represent you. 

I hope that I earn your vote this election for Houston City Council At Large #4, and regardless of the outcome; you have my commitment that I will always do my best to strengthen our communities and increase voter participation in elections. If you are looking for a location to vote early:

 CLICK HERE FOR EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS

Thank you again for all of your support. Without you we cannot win. With you, we cannot lose!

Sincerely, 

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Matt Murphy
Houston City Council At Large #4 Candidate

Spring Branch Republicans Endorse Matt Murphy For Houston City Council

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As you know, my team and I have been running a positive "Campaign of Now" based on our traditional conservative values - and we are gaining steam!

Today we are thrilled to announce our endorsement by Spring Branch Republicans. This comes in the wake of our receiving the endorsements of Kingwood Tea Party, Texas Tea Party, and many other respected leaders and groups across our great city.

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Spring Branch Republicans is a committee of grass roots leaders from the greater Spring Branch area dedicated to advancing the core principles of the Republican party. What began as a handful of neighbors has become an effective and leading organization engaged in local and statewide politics. Their mission to encourage neighbors to become informed voters and activists in order to elect effective leaders and to shape public policies that reflect the values and interest of our community parallels our values and principles of our campaign. 

The fact that our momentum continues in the face of opposition by political insiders, is testament to the strength of our positive campaign based on community values, and real solutions for the real challenges facing our city's finances and infrastructure. I'm honored to receive the endorsement of Spring Branch Republicans, and to stand with this leading conservative grassroots organization in the effort to turn our city around.

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"Matt Murphy is a pro-family fiscal conservative whose values and experience will make him an effective citizen advocate on Houston City Council."- Joseph McReynolds

To See Full Endorsement Click Here

As a political outsider, I am greatly humbled by this amazing honor, and I promise to faithfully continue living up to strong conservative endorsements like this by bringing back AccountabilityResponsibility, and Community to city hall.


Amazing Grace

Since my opponent, Roy Morales, entered the race, he and his team have spent all of their time trying to discredit our candidacy. Roy, along with his supporters and paid staff, have put out a variety of emails, Facebook messages, and even handing out material to prove their case of half-truths about me. They focus on our base supporters to get them to change their minds about supporting our candidacy for Houston City Council At Large Position #4. 

Their most recent attack is on my military record because I received an "Other Than Honorable" discharge from the Navy after serving inactive from March to Sept of 1995 and active duty from Sept 1995 to March 1997. A Roy supporter went on Facebook to ask the question:

If a person was kicked out of the Navy soon after boot camp would you consider them a "Military Man"?


I responded to the statement since it was completely inaccurate to tell the whole truth about my discharge. I even posted the only paperwork that I had to show my timeline in the military. Roy and staff then made copies of that paperwork and started handing it out at events to all of those in the audience in effort to sway them not to support me.

Roy, his supporters, and his team have tried really hard to get a reaction out of me, and so I thought I would give them what they want. My statement about the issue is....... THANK YOU!

Thank you for again bringing up something that I have discussed in major detail throughout my life as a part of my testimony to show how amazing God is, and just like the hymn "Amazing Grace" written by John Newton in 1779, can "...save a wretch like me!" 

According to an article written in TIME Magazine on June 28, 2015:

Amazing Grace was written by an Englishman who in the early part of his life was an outspoken atheist, libertine, and slave trader. John Newton was born in London in 1725, the son of a Puritan mother and a stern ship commander father who took him to sea when he was 11 (“I am persuaded that he loved me but he seemed not willing that I should know it,” he later wrote).

By 1745, Newton was enlisted in the slave trade, running captured slaves from Africa to, ironically, Charleston, S.C. After he rode out a storm at sea in 1748, he found his faith. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1764 and became an important voice in the English abolitionist movement. At that time he wrote the autobiographical Amazing Grace, along with 280 other hymns.

I relate to John Newton because of how God used his time in the Navy to change his life just like God did for me nearly 20 years ago. I also relate to his friend, William Wilberforce, who felt two callings: One to go into the ministry and the other to go into politics. He chose to do both at the same time. 

When I joined the Navy all I had ever known was golf, but after boot camp, I decided to be a Damage Control Fire Fighter. My dad and brother-in-law had both been successful firefighters, and I too excelled in training and graduated in the top of my class. I was first stationed on the USS Kiska where I was encouraged by an officer to apply for an enlisted to officer program. I did, but I was transferred to the USS Gettysburg during the process. The new command was not near as encouraging, and the master chief did not want to lose a good sailor in damage control, so he denied signing my application.

Going up the chain of command, I submitted an additional request to transfer. I can only assume the master chief felt offended that I would continue pursuing my request. He made accusations that I violated a “zero tolerance” policy. The accusation inevitably resulted in an "Other Than Honorable" discharge from the military. I was devastated, because I felt that not only did I let myself down but also my country.

It was because of that experience is the reason why I gave my life completely to God to do whatever he wanted to do with it. I also learned that others will jealously guard their power, and use character attacks to get their way, or show they are stronger than others. I reject this bullying philosophy and endeavor to deal openly with others, honest and direct, and I aspire to be one small example for our political culture to take notice and inspire other good people to step up and take back the power to the people.

When I first announced my candidacy for Houston City Council At Large #4, I stated in my speech, "It’s time to break down the divisible walls in Houston that evokes us to point fingers at the opposition and instead extend our hand in efforts to find viable solutions on our common ground." Since then we have focused on running a positive "Campaign of Now" that has focused on attacking the issues of our city instead of the other candidates in this race because voters deserve to vote "FOR" someone instead of finding ways to stay home on election day like they have for several years. 

I am blessed to have my testimony, and I am not ashamed to share with anyone that wants to hear it. I also believe that if someone tries to use my testimony, that God has given me, to use to discredit me they will fail just as it says in Isaiah 54:11-17

Like Chris Tomlin sings in the above video:

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace.


I have learned from my life experiences and my mistakes. I thank God for what happened because if it didn't then I would have never met my amazing wife, been the father to a miracle son, or moved to Houston. I realize that God still wants to use me for His glory. For that I resoundingly say, Amen!

 

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