Stephen Murphy: Why I Should Be Elected the Next Suffolk County Register of Deeds

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Stephen Murphy, Democratic Party candidate for Suffolk Country Register of Deeds, with his wife Bridget.

First, let me say, thank you! We won the Democratic Primary with tremendous support from across Suffolk County.

Stephen Murphy, Democratic Party candidate for Suffolk Country Register of Deeds, with his wife Bridget.

Stephen Murphy, Democratic Party nominee for Suffolk Country Register of Deeds, with his wife Bridget.

We finished first in Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. We ran a positive campaign, we had a team of dedicated volunteers, and through door knocking, phone calling and speaking directly with voters our positive message resonated with voters across Suffolk County. I am honored, humbled, and proud to be the Democratic nominee for Suffolk County Register of Deeds.

In this busy presidential election season, why is the Suffolk Registry of Deeds important to you, your family and your neighbors?

It’s very important, because it’s about your home. Or the home you want to buy. Or the home you want to sell.

It’s about your record of purchase, mortgage or discharge.

The Suffolk Registry of Deeds is not as well-known as other government agencies, but the mission of the Registry of Deeds is to securely keep and provide accurate and accessible land record information.

It’s about working for you to ensure that you know that your home can be protected by the Homestead Act.

It’s about creating a website that allows ease of access to land records via your computer or mobile device.

It’s about constituent service.

It's about being local in your neighborhood, providing information you need or answers to your questions you have about your home, whether you are staying, selling, or looking to buy.

It’s about leadership to ensure you and your home, are protected from untrustworthy sources or scams.

The Register of Deeds is the manager of a public agency. As one of your Boston city councilors for nearly 20 years, I served three terms as president of the Boston City Council where I managed a budget of $5.8 million with 88 employees where I returned surplus funds at the end of each fiscal year end. I also have prior experience as a general operations manager in a private sector transportation company where I oversaw over day-to-day operations and 400 employees.

Constituent service is the cornerstone of public service and the most important part of the job.

I have always focused my attention on the needs of those who take the time to call or visit. I lead by example to ensure that each interaction is answered professionally with kindness, a positive interaction and helpful information. When someone takes the time to reach out to find out information or needs help with an issue, that question or issue is of the most importance to that person, and I ensure that they should be treated as such in helping navigate through government processes, which at times, can be daunting.

I am the only candidate who has public management and finance experience, a strong record of constituent services, and the only candidate who has actually worked in the Suffolk Registry of Deeds!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

When you vote, after marking your choices for electors of president and vice president, representative in Congress, Governor's Councillor, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, Sheriff, and before you get to the questions, I ask you for your vote for Register of Deeds for the Suffolk District.

Thank you for your consideration.

Editor's note: Jamaica Plain News invited the four Suffolk County Register of Deeds candidates to submit op-eds about why they want to be elected to the position on Election Day.