I wanted to share a little bit about my background and where I come from. After growing up in a blue collar, union family in western Pennsylvania and becoming the first in my family to graduate from college, I moved to Ohio 34 years ago with a few hundred dollars and dreams of starting a family and launching a business. After we were married in October, my fiancé at the time, Tina, joined me. Tina and I first met in sixth grade, dated in high school, and I am happy to say we celebrated 34 years of marriage this past October.
Over the next three decades, I was blessed to raise three children with Tina, operate more than 60 businesses, create 1,500 jobs and employ over 3,000 people across our state. This poor guy from Western PA was able to live the American Dream right here in Ohio.
I’m basically just a business guy, and I assumed that I’d spend my entire life just running businesses, and I would have been happy to do so. But in 2009, the Obama Administration took over General Motors and shuttered dealerships across the country, including the one that GM had asked me to take over in Northeast Ohio.
Shutting down my dealership killed 50 good paying jobs in my community, and that’s when I realized Washington was interfering too much in our everyday lives.
That’s why I decided to run for Congress. It’s been an experience and an honor to represent Ohio in Washington.
I’m hopeful that our new Administration and a new Congress will turn things around in Washington. Earlier this year I decided that I’d had enough of D.C. dysfunction and decided to come back home to run for Governor and deliver real change to our state—change that is needed.
Simply put, today Ohio is lagging behind, and we can and must do better. We have plummeted from 21st to 37th nationally in job creation, our regulatory climate is pushing businesses out of our state, and right now we lead the country in only one major statistic—the number of opioid-related overdose deaths.
I remember Ohio as the land of opportunity. That’s why I came here. Now our children and grandchildren are leaving for opportunities elsewhere. The Dispatch reported earlier this year that Ohio has the dubious distinction of being in the top ten of Most moved from states in 2016. We need to reverse that trend and make our state once again the land of opportunity. A place to come and stay. A place to live the American Dream just like I did not so many years ago.
We need to turn those trends around, and doing so will require fresh leadership and a new perspective in Columbus. I am truly the only Columbus outsider running for Governor and the only non-career politician in the race. I’m the only candidate for governor who has spent most of my career signing the front of paychecks, rather than the back. And that’s the type of fresh leadership and new vision that I believe we need right now.
As Governor, I’ll take my real-life experience to the office. I’ll streamline our tax code, upend our regulatory overreach, take on the opioid crises from the community level up and make Ohio First. I am the only one who can truly say I’m not part of the status quo and will end the status quo.
There is no doubt we face some tough challenges today, but I do believe that with the right leadership, Ohio’s best days are yet to come.
I hope to earn your support. Please take the time to learn more about me and my positions here.
Since her election in 2013, Amy Murray has served the people of Cincinnati as City Council’s hardest working member. Her work ethic stems from an extensive background in the private sector, which includes a 15-year career at one of Cincinnati’s most successful corporations, Procter & Gamble. She worked extensively as a leader in their Asian business development department, a department that she found fascinating after having lived in Japan as a child. This passion for Japan and economic development led to Amy starting her own consulting firm, Japan Consulting Group. Her firm was dedicated to helping American companies grow their business in Japan and with Japanese companies located in the United States. As an independent consultant, Amy gained valuable insight into the needs and challenges of small businesses. Her extensive knowledge of the private sector and her commitment to hard work on behalf of her constituents have constantly guided her during her time as a public servant.
She currently serves as Chair of the Major Transportation and Regional Cooperation Committee, and Vice Chair of both the Budget and Finance Committee and Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee. Amy was also appointed by Mayor John Cranley to the Cincinnati Planning Commission and as the councilmember responsible for Cincinnati Sister Cities.
On a state level, Councilwoman Murray has served on Governor John Kasich’s task-force on Police-Community Relations, as well as currently serving on an advisory committee dedicated to tackling the issue of infant mortality.
Her schedule stays busy with not only committee and council meetings, but with constituent requests, community councils, and events throughout the city.
Along with her service as an elected official, Amy has an extensive history of political involvement and a passion for diving into the issues when it comes to making Cincinnati a better place to live and work. She was a past president of Hyde Park Neighborhood Council, where she worked closely with residents, businesses and the city to bring about positive change. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Zoo and is also involved with the JoAnn Davidson Leadership Institute, the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network, and the Women in Governing program. She also spent a couple years teaching a course on International Marketing at Xavier University as an adjunct professor.
Amy is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She has four children, with the youngest two residing with her and her husband Wally in Mt. Lookout.