Lucas W. "Luke" Murray formally announces his candidacy for the state Representative District 28 seat.
Online PR News – 21-July-2018 – Warwick, RI – Saying that he believes there is no higher calling than to help serve others in his community, Lucas W. "Luke" Murray today formally announced his candidacy for the state Representative District 28 seat.
Murray, a small business owner, decorated Army veteran, registered landscape architect, municipal planner, and self-described "jack of all trades," is a lifelong Coventry resident. He is therefore keenly attuned to the challenges of meeting the needs of residents and the business community, while ensuring that Coventry and the state remain an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. Today's political climate can make that a daunting task, Murray said, but one that he is well prepared to face.
"Unfortunately, our Town is currently facing many challenges that will only be rectified through hard work and changing in the overall tone of the debate," he said. "We need to place people over politics, and focus on solutions instead of blame."
With that in mind, Murray has developed a multi-faceted approach to addressing some of the most critical issues facing Rhode Island.
A Coventry High School graduate who was the first in his family to attend a four-year college, Murray is committed to supporting local schools through a variety of measures, including working with legislators and the state Department of Education to increase state aid to rural and suburban localities for school funding. He's also committed to ensuring that the town receives its fair share of the proposed $250,000 million in state funding for the improvement of Coventry's school facilities if bond appropriations are passed in November.
Other issues of critical concern, Murray said, are improving fiscal stability in Coventry and statewide; improving government efficiency and reducing waste; preserving, promoting and preserving historic structures and cultural landmarks; protecting natural resources; improving transparency in government; addressing the town's sewer program; and continuing to support our veterans.
Murray also said a priority of his will be to support business growth and economic opportunities so that the Town and Rhode Island will remain competitive with other states and spur job creation. He proposes to create new programs through Commerce RI to fund rural and suburban community economic development initiatives as part of a statewide economic development strategy. Specific incentives for the recreational tourism industry will help to integrate the preservation and promotion of our natural resources through positive and responsible economic development, he said.
Murray has pledged to use funds from his salary from the state legislature to fund a professionally-created website and social media platform to promote local businesses in Coventry, attract tourism, support local planning initiatives, and keep his constituents informed of ongoing issues in the Town and State.
"Some politicians are great at promises and often terrible at follow through, because simply sending out a talking point doesn't get it done," Murray said. "It takes a clear strategy and focus on the goals to navigate through the complex web of government. In short, it takes work. I believe respect is earned, not given by right, and I will put in hard work necessary to earn the respect of my constituents as their District 28 Representative."
Murray is the son of a retired Electric Boat employee and nurse. He and his wife, Angie, have two children, aged 7 and 10, and two black Labrador retriever rescues. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and is presently pursuing his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a certificate in planning at URI. Murray spent six years managing capital construction projects for the City of Boston and raised over $2 million in grant funding for the City.
After enlisting in the Army National Guard, he spent six years in Detachment 2, 3/172nd Mountain Infantry. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2005 to May of 2006, during which he was attached to 3rd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, and 1st Armor Division as infantry support for combat ops. While deployed, Murray spearheaded efforts to construct a playground for a school north of Baghdad, securing private American donations for the project. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Commendation Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
He is the owner of 4 Site Landscape Architecture and is presently employed as a special project coordinator for the City of Warwick.
For more information about Murray, his background and platform, to volunteer or donate to his campaign, visit https://murrayfor28.com