Murphy Tops Bishop in Primary Balloting

Political newcomer Paul Murphy topped the ticket in Tuesday’s primary balloting, besting incumbent Councillor Kathleen Bishop by a 132-93 vote.

Robert Borden was eliminated from the ballot in November. He received 30 votes.

There were four write-in votes and four blanks in Chelsea’s only primary contest.

Balloting went smoothly and strictly according to the letter of the law, said City Clerk Debbie Clayman.

“It is always nice when a primary election goes as smoothly as this one did,” she said.

Murphy, the son of Chelsea District Court Clerk Kevin Murphy, said he worked hard to get out his vote and that he is looking forward to the final in November.

“I was pleased and humbled by the outcome. Now its time to get back to work,” said Murphy.

Murphy’s grandfather, Andrew, served as an alderman in Chelsea during the 1940’s and 1950’s

For Bishop, the outcome was a wake-up call and it is believed she will be working hard into the final.

The current councillor is the daughter of well known Chelsea resident, a former alderman and city clerk, now the city’s procurement agent, Robert Bishop.

1 comment for “Murphy Tops Bishop in Primary Balloting

  1. Anonymous
    October 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    It’s about time she get knocked out of her seat. She has a serious conflict of interest in her position with her dad being the City Clerk at the time of her election and now with her father being the city Procurement Officer. She is also a dependent of her father which even builds a further case of conflict of interest. Nothing like seeing the former City Clerk standing outside of a polling station urging people to vote for his daughter. This stinks of old Chelsea politics….you know the stuff that resulted in us losing our mayor.

    Whats with her quest against Jay Ash? She was the only one that voted against his contract but wouldn’t say why. Could it be because she blames him for her father losing his city clerk job? Jay Ash has done a lot for this city. Don’t throw a vote against him and not explain yourself. The district 1 constituents deserve better then that. Also, what has she done for her district since her election? And her qualifications: she says she has a a political science minor with a focus in local government from Emmanuel College. Look it up. The school offers no such program. 

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