(Houston, TX)– Jack O’Connor, businessman, former manufacturing industry executive, and runner-up in 2011 Houston mayoral election decided to get more active in the 2015 city elections by joining the Matt Murphy For Houston City Council At Large Position 4 campaign as treasurer. O’Connor’s interest in the importance of being a politically active citizen was fostered at a young age when, as a young teen in 1964, he campaigned for Barry Goldwater and later Ronald Reagan for President because of Reagan’s ability to lead in tough times. In 2010, Jack ran for the Texas State House in a campaign that promoted fiscal accountability, true education reform and reduced government before his mayoral campaign in 2011.
“Through many city administrations, I have followed Houston politics and government closely, so I have a good idea of what kind of leadership we need on city council”, O’Connor said. “The city government has squandered its resources and opportunities to bring more strength and certainty to the city’s financial wellbeing. Our city is in a unique situation that needs a unique approach from a unique candidate. I feel that Matt Murphy can really make a difference because he has proven to be able to unify and lead communities in very unique and creative ways.”
The campaign’s grassroots focus on practical solutions when it comes to infrastructure, middle class job creation and building up stronger neighborhoods through the “Know Your Neighbor” initiative has really gained momentum since Murphy announced on April 8 at Allen’s Landing, the birthplace of Houston nearly 180 years ago. To view video of announcement go to www.mattmurphyforhouston.com.
Murphy has over 20 years of experience in civic engagement through his service in the U.S. Navy, being founder and chairman of the Midway Hallow Neighborhood Association, creator of the Shawn’s Anomaly Awareness Campaign with Texas Children’s Hospital, and creating 6-time awarding winning short film, Last Seat At The Dome, that has helped in the efforts to preserve the Astrodome.
"We are honored to have Jack O’Connor’s support as campaign treasurer. He wants to restore the vision of prosperity in Houston just as much as I do, so I am glad to see that he has joined a great team that has plans do just that," said Murphy.