Republican for House of Representative
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
The opioid crisis hits very close to home for me and is a top priority when I get to Washington.
After 20+ years of helping my daughter with her opioid addiction, my heart goes out to all parents or family members who must deal with this battle daily. In 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. alone was 42,249, more than the number of fatalities from breast cancer https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/health/drug-overdoses-2016-final-numbers/index.html. Deaths from drug overdoses of all kinds in 2016 exceeded the total number of casualties from the entire Vietnam War. The White House estimates the cost to the nation at over $500 billion in 2016, and this excludes the pain and suffering of those involved https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid- epidemic-retired-admiral-sandy-winnefeld-sons-death/. I have felt this pain. We need a comprehensive plan that is focused on education, prevention, treatment, and follow-up.
Resources must be available the moment an addict is ready to recover. We can and must do much better as a country.
Second is the Immigration issue. The federal government's response, or lack of one, to increased immigration from our Southern Border has had long-term negative effects on our border communities and on the entire USA, including Delaware. Failed policies from past administrations in Washington have allowed Mexican cartels to expand their drugs operations, which feed the opioid problem, as well as human trafficking and weapons smuggling. We are a country of laws. We need to fully enforce the immigration laws that are on the books.
Implementation of a merit-based system that emphasizes assimilation will unite new legal citizens with our country. The President needs Congressional support to secure the border, to protect all Americans, and to revise the entire immigration process for safe and legal immigration. I agree with legal immigrants who are rightfully outraged, and I intend to work with the President to solve this problem Please refer to goMurph.com for other important issues.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
I have a lifetime of experiences that make me qualified to represent all Delawareans in Washington. I am a father and grandfather, helping to raise the two children of my deceased daughter, who fought opioid addition for years. I believe this gives me insight into the opioid crisis that many lack in Congress. I trained in college as a teacher and taught in Delaware Schools for several years, which gives me firsthand experience with what needs to be done to provide quality education for all of our children.
I worked hard to support my family and I understand the struggles that entails. My 35-year career with Amtrak started on the “track gang,” where I laid rail and replaced ties. It was hard physical labor, but I was grateful for the job. I moved up the ranks to train dispatcher, conductor, fireman and locomotive engineer. I also explored management as a locomotive engineer instructor, rules examiner, and transportation manager. During my career, I worked for Conrail, Septa and Amtrak. I learned from these government-funded organizations how bureaucracy can interfere with running a railroad efficiently.
My 32-year acting career has honed both my communication and listening skills, valuable assets sometimes not exercised by those in Washington. I have been a member of SAG-AFTRA for 25 years. I have lifelong friends from all walks of life and from all political persuasions; we have honest and important discussions about the issues of the day and how best to solve them and, even when we disagree, we do so respectfully and civilly, and remain good friends. A good Congressman needs this skill to serve all Delaware citizens well.
I want to serve as your Congressman to give back and pay it forward for the wonderful life that I have here in Delaware and in this great country. When elected, my qualifications have prepared me to hit the ground running in Congress, and I will do just that.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
As a US and Delaware citizen, I have always been vested in my community. I began my career as a teacher and coach, mentoring young people to become all they could be, which was very rewarding. They are now upstanding young men and women who are helping to make their communities better places to live. My interest in politics has always been strong. I served as president of my Parish Council and Civic Association.
In 1984, I ran for New Castle County Council and for State Senate in 2000 and 2002. I am actively involved in such community organizations as Ranch Hope for Boys and Girls in New Jersey, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Delaware. My “little brother” remains a part of my family to this day. Now retired, I am again ready to give back. It would be my honor to go to Washington to help our President and his administration make America great again.
Profession/employment: current, professional actor; retired, conductor with Amtrak
# of years employed: 32 years actor; 35 years with railroad
Education: B.A. in Education, Rowan University 1976. Attended Columbia University, NYC, majoring in sports management.
Political experience: Ran for New Castle County Council, 1984. Ran for State Senate against Harris McDowell in 2000 and 2002. Politically active in New Castle County Republicans since 1980.