Burlington City Council Candidate Spotlight: Lynda Murray

Lynda Murray

Name: Lynda Murray

Occupation: Registered Dietitian, Milestones Area Agency on Aging/Parkview Care Facility

Previous Experience: Newspaper Columnist (“The Dietitian Magician”), Author, Hy-Vee Nutrition Coach

Reasons for Running: “When most people think about serving in politics, they either want to do one of three things: they want to give up, they want to shut up, or they want to throw up…but not me, I want to roll up my sleeves and get to work representing the people of Burlington, and I feel that my life experiences have led me down the road to public service…I want to give back to the community of Burlington that has given me so much.”

“Why should voters pick you?”: “I’m ready to start, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work for Burlington, I hope [voters] will consider giving me the opportunity…I’m fairly short, at 5’3″, but a vote for me, will produce a lengthy legacy of exemplary service for Burlington.”

On tax increases to fund personnel at Burlington Police and Fire: “When you say ‘taxes’ people get really whipped up, and I don’t blame them. We have a lot of people in this community on fixed incomes…so the last thing I’d want to do is raise taxes. But, on the other hand, I want to do everything I can to support our police department…I’d prefer at all costs not to [raise taxes] to do that. ”

On Tax Increment Financing (TIF): “TIF can be a useful tool when handled strategically. But we need to weigh it out carefully…how, in the long term, will it benefit Burlington? In the short term, we are straining the tax rolls. We’ve got less money coming into schools and the city coffers…I think if we use TIF to redeveloped depressed areas in town is a really good idea.”

On water and sewer rates: “The rates right now have a lot to do with us having to separate the sewer. There is a possibility that we can delay when [sewer separation is done]. We have to evaluate our priorities.”

On mitigating crime: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…to tackle the problem of crime will require a multifaceted approach that involves integrating police into the neighborhoods…some other things we could try are city block parties…after you share a bratwurst or a beer with someone, it is hard to consider them a stranger.

Listen to our latest interview with Murray to hear her take on the issues facing Burlington:

Listen to our first interview with Murray to learn more about her candidacy: