Kinston's New Mayor Marks A 1st

The city of Kinston has a new mayor, who is the first republican to be seated since the reconstruction 130 years ago.

29 year old BJ Murphy won Tuesday election's and may be the youngest to fill that seat in the past 20 years.

Since the Department of Justice ruled all elections had to be non-partisan, he's now the first republican to fill that seat in 13 decades.

Now he hopes to bring better fiscal responsibility to the council and economic development to the city.

Murphy hopes to work on the electric rate issue in the city as well as providing a smaller tax burden on its residents.


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  • by me on Nov 5, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    WITN said: Since the Department of Justice ruled all elections had to be non-partisan, he's now the first republican to fill that seat in 13 decades. I think you mean they had to be partisan.
  • by Kelly M. Location: Former church member on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Way to go B.J.! I am so proud. This city needs a fire lit under it's rump and I think you are just the man to do that. I went to church with you so I know what a stand up guy you were and are. I know your family are so proud of you!
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