Sunday, January 13, 2013

Murguia files for mayor candidacy

Unified Government Commissioner Ann Murguia will be running for Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government.

Currently serving her second term as commissioner of Wyandotte County's Third District, Murguia said property taxes, community input and other economic issues will be the core of her campaign.

“Property taxes in Wyandotte County are crippling to all of us," Murguia said. "They make our County non-competitive for many businesses.  They hamper our ability to retain and grow our population."

"They are devastating to the family living pay check to pay check and it has had a major impact on the foreclosure rate in Wyandotte County."

In her announcement, Murguia cites the economic growth her district has made in the past few years as a good reason why voters in Wyandotte County should elect her as mayor.

"In the 3rd District, we have brought together government, the private sector and the non-profit community in innovative partnerships to deliver the infrastructure, new construction and services that most dramatically impact how people live,” Murguia said.

Further background on Murguia from a press release:
Professionally, Murguia is the Executive Director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association (ANDA).  Under her leadership, ANDA has created a new model for neighborhood community development and has invested millions of charitable dollars in the development of neighborhood infrastructure and quality housing. She has coordinated blight removal, new construction, rehabilitated existing homes, and major curb and sidewalk repair at unprecedented levels.   In this atmosphere of redevelopment, the KCK Library invested in a new branch building which opened last year.  Murguia was a huge advocate for the library which would not have been possible without almost $2 million in private donations.  Her role was to provide regular tours of the neighborhood and encourage donors to give to the construction of this beautiful library.   

Murguia is known for her civic involvement. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She is a member of Argentine Activities Association as well as her local neighborhood association.  Murguia co-chairs the Frontiers Project at KU Medical Center and has previously served on the Wyandotte County Parks Foundation Board. Because of her civic involvement, particularly in the Latino community, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City named Murguia their Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.

Murguia has been a resident of the Argentine neighborhood, in Kansas City, Kansas, since 1997. She is married to life-long Wyandotte County resident Carlos Murguia, and they have three children: Wyatt, Thomas and Isabella.