There won’t be an incumbent city councillor on the ballot for Ward 6 in October, but there will be a familiar name.
On Tuesday, Wade Murray announced he will not be running for his seat again in the upcoming municipal election – at the same time, he endorsed his son, Joel Murray, for his seat.
Joel has watched his father lead Ward 6 over the past 13 years, and said seeing Wade’s service to the community is what made him want to run.
“It’s a big responsibility. I really look up to my dad and everything that he does, and I see the roots that he’s grown in this community and the commitment he has to it.”
Joel is only 26. Though he said his age will be a challenge, he’s thought it through and believes City Council is something he’s ready for.
Both Wade and Joel share the same last name, but Joel said he wants to differentiate himself from his father.
I’m a different person, I am cut from the same cloth but I also have my own ideas and plans for the community.”