Marsha Murphy: Candidate Profile

DuPage Forest Preserve District 1 (Republican)

  • Marsha Murphy, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 1

    Marsha Murphy, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 1

Updated 9/21/2012 4:35 PM




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City: Addison

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve District 1

Age: 64

Family: Widowed, 2 children & 2 grandchildren

Occupation: Small business owner

Education: Some college with accounting/business owner

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Civic involvement: St. Demettrious Church 1970 thru present Member IADP 2002 thru present Treasurer Addison Township Foundation 2006 thru present Treasure of the DuPage Coumty Forest Preserve 2004-2006

Elected offices held: Appointed Addison Township Trustee 8/98 thru 2002 Appointed Addison Township Finance Chairman 1999 thru 2002 President Addiosn Township Womens Club 1999- 2001

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continuation of our excellent financial condition. Retaining our Tripla A bond rating, and our long term financial plan.

Key Issue 2

Continuation of our ecological pursuits including advancing stormwater retention when and where possible. Flooding remains a serious issue in Dupage County and we must imitigate its disastrous efforts by sound, ecologically significant planning.


Key Issue 3

Enhancing our educational efforts to bring our youth into the fold regarding stewardship long term management, critical thinking, and ecological care.

Questions & Answers

Do you support continuing the effort to acquire County Lakes Golf Club in Naperville? Why or why not?

The people in the area surrounding Country Lakes Golf Course need publically owned open space. As a quality of life issue it is important to consider any and all acquisitions seriously. We (the Commission) have to weigh and measure the financial implications of continuing the aquisition effort with the value provided to our citizens. At this point we have spent a significant amount of money in pursuit of the property and must balance anticipated costs with those we have incurred.

Should the district be in the golf course business? If so, please explain the benefit. If not, please detail why. Should the district consider selling any of its holdings?

Yes and no. In some urban areas the only open space is Golf courses and in our enabling legislation we are to provide recreation as well as conservation and education. Our golf courses also provide significant storm water retention in times of flooding thereby giving the citizens several benefits from golf properties. Should we build new golf courses or be actively involved in seeking out additional courses? No we should do the most with what we have.

Comment on the forest preserve's current land acquisition policy: Too aggressive? Too passive? Just right?

It's very good. Very seldom does the District utilize it's power of eminent domain. The District is very judicous in its prioritization and selection process of those parcels that are ecologically or socially important.

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