By NICK SLOANnick@kansascitykansan.com
Murguia, after being elected in 2007, is seeking her third term.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of the 3rd District. I appreciate all the help and support my constituents have given me over the years. I value the importance of this position to our community, and if reelected, look forward to working hard to continue our good work and successes.”
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Commissioner Murguia said her re-election campaign is focused on continuing the surge of Economic Development that has taken place over the last seven years, the emphasis of strong Code Enforcement on commercial and residential property owners, and the importance of supporting the need for adequate and efficient Public Safety services—Fire and Police departments.
She said she is proud of the economic development success and neighborhood revitalization the 3rd District has experienced since she became a Commissioner in 2007. She mentioned the Rainbow corridor in Rosedale with $60 million redevelopment, including retail, commercial, residential and partnership with Kansas University Medical Center.
“In the 3rd District we have added 100’s of jobs and provided residents with improved retail opportunities and services,” she said. “We were recently able to open a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Unified Government, businesses, and the community residents we hope to continue to bring in even more businesses and commercial opportunities.”
Commissioner Murguia highlighted the street and curb improvements that have taken place in the 3rd District. She said again a combination of the Unified Government, local businesses and community involvement were the main reasons for the success of that program. She said that the community appreciates the repairing of the streets and that it has revived neighborhood pride in the community.
“People tend to take better care of their property when they see this kind of investment and improvement to their neighborhoods,” she said. “ What also helps is strict and strong code enforcement on those who neglect and create public safety hazards on their property to the detriment of the responsible and hard working residents who are taking care of their homes and businesses.”
Public Safety is also one of Commissioner Murguia’s main priorities. She said that the 3rd District residents have indicated that is one of their most important requests from the Unified Government.
“Timely and efficient Police and Fire protection are always mentioned at all the neighborhood meetings I attend. I am committed to ensuring the availability and the effectiveness of Public Safety services to the 3rd District.”
She said one of her main goals if elected is to open a new Public Safety facility next to the new Wal-Mart that will provide much needed space for the South Patrol division.
Commissioner Murguia said she is committed to providing quick and timely constituent service. She said it is important for the 3rd District residents to know they have a voice in their local government.
“I first ran so that our community could have a voice in how our Unified Government governed and provided services. I pledge to continue to work hard and try my best for everyone in the 3rd District.”
Commissioner Murguia is the Executive Director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association (ANDA), a position she began as an unpaid volunteer in 2006 and is now a full-time job. She was previously employed as Chief Operations Officer at Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC). She has a BS from Ottawa University and a MBA from Baker University.
She is presently a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and Board of Trustees at the University of Missouri –Kansas City. In 2011, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City named her their Humanitarian of the Year for her work with the Latino community.
In addition, she graduated with the class of 2011 in the Leadership Kansas Program affiliated with the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the Wyandotte County Parks Foundation Board, co-chaired the Frontiers Project at KU Medical Center, member of the Argentine Activities Association and member of Our Lady of Unity/St. John the Evangelist church.
Commissioner Murguia has been a resident of the Argentine neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas since 1997. She is married to Carlos Murguia. They have three children. She is an active member of her local neighborhood association—VANA.