Press Release

Kris Murray Running for Special Election, Orange County Supervisor

Filling vacancy left by District Attorney-elect Todd Spitzer

November 7, 2018
Contact: Matt Rexroad
(916) 648- 1222

ANAHEIM, CALIF — City of Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray today reaffirmed her commitment to represent the families, neighborhoods and taxpayers of Orange County’s District 3 with a focus on public safety, economic development and common-sense policymaking that reflects and makes a difference in the everyday lives of residents.

Murray, who has served on Anaheim’s City Council since 2010, affirmed her candidacy Wednesday for a pending special election to fill the District 3 seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The seat is open with the election of Supervisor Todd Spitzer as the Orange County District Attorney-elect on Tuesday.

In March, Murray announced her candidacy for District 3 supervisor in 2020, when Supervisor Spitzer was set to complete his final term on the Board.

“Today, with Supervisor Spitzer’s endorsement by voters as our next District Attorney, I am announcing my candidacy for a special election to fill his seat on the Board of Supervisors,” Murray said. “For nearly a decade, I have delivered on issues of vital importance to residents, families and taxpayers of Anaheim. I will bring the same dedication and commitment to the Orange County Board of Supervisors and everyone in District 3.”

While election results still await final certification, Murray congratulated Supervisor Spitzer on his endorsement by voters and for his service on the Board of Supervisors.

“For nearly two decades, Supervisor Spitzer fiercely and tirelessly worked to serve residents of Orange County as a member of the Board of Supervisors and previously in the state Legislature,” she said. “I am grateful to him for his efforts and accomplishments and wish him well as our next District Attorney.”

Murray was elected to the Anaheim City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. During her tenure, she championed programs to serve those who are homeless and lead efforts to restore the Santa Ana River Trail for all who live and visit Orange County.

She also restored the Anaheim Police Department’s sworn personnel to pre-recession levels and successfully worked to pass broad taxpayer protections and private property rights for residents in Anaheim.

Murray also drove more than $6 billion in development projects that will bring economic benefits to Orange County for generations to come.

These projects include expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center — ensuring its place as the largest convention center on the West Coast — new four-diamond hotels and the largest and most ambitious expansion of Walt Disney’s original theme park, Disneyland Park, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019.

Murray’s leadership helped create thousands of skilled jobs in Anaheim and generated hundreds of millions in new city and county revenue — money that supports police, fire and vital community services supporting for residents.

While residents across Orange County were faced with difficult decisions on raising the sales tax they pay, Murray’s leadership in Anaheim has helped keep local taxes and fees low by looking to economic development to fund the services residents expect and deserve.

Voting Tuesday for Anaheim’s next City Council reflects an endorsement of Murray’s leadership and legacy. Going forward, Murray will work with the incoming Council to keep the Anaheim Ducks and Angels Baseball in Orange County for the next 50 years, ensuring these world championship teams continue to call our county home.

As a mom and community member, Murray understands the importance of strong neighborhoods. In Anaheim, she supported groundbreaking efforts to address homelessness, rapid graffiti removal, restoring library hours, repaving streets and adding parks and community centers to serve children and families.

Murray and her husband Steve love their community and are raising their family in Orange County. They are small business owners and live in Anaheim hills with their son Garrett and two rescue dogs, Bailey and Copper. The Murray’s spend family time volunteering at Seneca OC serving at-risk foster children, Boy Scouts, Little League, Anaheim Hills Community Council and at their son’s school.