Kinston's First Republican Mayor In 132 Years Sworn In

The first Republican mayor in Kinston since 1877 was sworn in Monday night.

B.J. Murphy was sworn in as the first republican since the city's reconstruction, but the new mayor doesn't consider himself a die-hard elephant. "To be a Republican--Democrat on a local level, really means no difference to me. We deal with issues on city, water, sewer, fire protection, and police protection. We don't deal with your national Republican or Democratic platform. You know its an honor. That's really not what we're going to be focusing on."

At age 29, Murphy is the youngest person to be elected mayor for the city of Kinston. That's a drastic change for the All-America city. O.A "Buddy" Ritch, Jr. has served a combined 16 years as mayor. Now, at age 80--Ritch believes the young Murphy has to do one thing. "He's got to prove himself, ya know. He's got to be with the people. If you're not with the people you'll lose the people."

Murphy says he's ready for the challenge. "Even at age 29, which, it's one of those things. Its a nice thing to be recognized, but we got a lot of good things going. That's what we expect to do. We're gonna work really well together to come to some real common solutions."


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  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Dec 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Way to go B.J.! Kinston's in severe need for some one whose has new ideas because the old ones sure where not working.
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 8, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Any want to see a nasty town in ruins, just ride through downtown Rocky Mount. You might want to roll up your windows and lock your doors while you do.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    It makes no difference to him whether he's a dem. or rep.!!! Kinston's ghetto and crime issues could be related to the city's bad streak Dem. mayors. They need to elect someone who will actually address those issues head on and clean up the mess. Radical changes need to be made so they'll need a radical leader with Christian values. Sounds like they got more of the same here (wolf in sheep clothing). Race shouldn't be the issue. The blacks and whites in Kinston need to come to grips and be RESPONSIBLE within their community in unity. It is the duty of each citizen to be held accountable and do the right thing. I hope and pray that tensions fade away and someone will stand up and do the right thing for once. God Bless Kinston.
  • by From Kinston Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Moses Patterson was elected the first mayor of Kinston in 1850. In the 1860 census, he was 35, so he was 25 when he was elected mayor - four years younger than the current mayor.
  • by Moved away? Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Leroy what could you possibly mean by a lot of my people moved away and so he was elected. I assume this is a race issue and there are no more black people living in Kinston to vote for a democrat. This is the problem with our beloved AG Holder forbiding the city from removing Democrat vs Republican titles from the local level elections, Only as Leroy points out it didn't matter. Why did they move away anyway? Because Democrats ran the place for the past 130 years. Were there only Republicans left to vote? He won because he was the best candidate, did you vote?
  • by Cricket Location: Grifoton on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I hope he does a good job the past mayors have let kinston go to the GHETTO i hate drive thur there more than greenville (even thou with traffic you dont move in g-ville) Kinston needs a new mayor that can give the town a face lift and make it thrive again .... as of now it is just a nasty and in ruins
  • by b on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    It's only the beginning!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Leroy Location: Kinston on Dec 7, 2009 at 11:45 PM
    A lot of my people moved away from here and that is the only reason he got elected.
  • by Drew Location: NC on Dec 7, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    As Obama said "We Need Change"
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    well it took 132 years but i guess its better late then never!
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