Murphy running again for County Commission

Sylvia Murphy of Tavernier filed paperwork Feb. 29 to seek re-election to her District 5 seat on the Monroe County Commission. Murphy has served in the position since 2006.

She faces a challenge in the Republican primary on Aug. 30 from Upper Keys businessman Robby Majeska.

"There are lots of things I want to keep working on," said Murphy, 80. "Rowell's Marina is a big one." The county bought that Key Largo parcel for use as a park.

"For the past several years, this commission has kept things moving forward, steadily and slowly," Murphy said. "There have been no major glitches or controversies.

"Our reputation, especially statewide, has improved considerably," she said. "We need to keep that going."

Murphy retired from Monroe County Emergency Medical Services in 1996. She also was a two-decade volunteer with the Tavernier Volunteer Fire Department.

Murphy was elected in 2006 to fill the remainder of late Commissioner Murray Nelson's term, then won re-election in 2008 and 2012.

"I filed on Sadie Hawkins Day -- Feb. 29 -- just like always," she said.

No Democratic candidates have filed so far for the Aug. 30 primary. Candidates can file until June 24, the end of the state qualifying period.