Legislative backlash creates tight House race in western Wake

Posted October 8, 2014

— Low approval ratings for the General Assembly may be hampering the re-election chances of Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake.

Polls show Murry in a tight race with Democratic challenger Gale Adcock, the mayor pro tem of Cary, in House District 41, a Republican-leaning district that runs along the southwest edge of Wake County, catching western Cary and Morrisville.

Murry, a pharmacist and attorney, was first elected in the Republican wave of 2010 and now is chairman of the House Commerce Committee.

"I try to bring people together, work on common-sense solutions to move our state forward. I don't want to go back to the days of 11 percent unemployment, teacher furloughs, billion-dollar tax increases. That's not sustainable for our state," Murry said.

Adcock, a nurse practitioner and chief health officer at Cary-based software giant SAS Institute, said her main focus would be on restoring funding cuts to education.

"The people of this district have told me that they're concerned about education, public safety and their drinking water, and they don't feel that their views are being represented on Jones Street," she said. "What has troubled me the most is the atmosphere at the General Assembly, the lack of willingness to work, not just across the aisle, but within one's own party to achieve what's right and what's good."

Murry said his record shows he does work across the aisle. He's even running television ads about his independence, which is unusual – and very expensive – in a state House race.

"I think people need to know that I'm plenty willing to stand up to Republicans if necessary to do what's right for the folks in my district," he said.


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  • Larry Jackson Oct 9, 2014
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    Dem. 09-10 7,544,465,541
    Dem. 10-11 7,283,106,776
    GOP 11-12 7,617,376,287
    GOP 12-13 7,844,644,612
    GOP 13-14 7,920,136,315
    GOP 14-15 8,104,976,608
    Where is a 500 million cut? The last cut from B Perdue.

    The spending they are talking about is not the total budget for education, but the money per student. Yes, more money was budgeted for education but it is not keeping up with the increased allowances that should be made for the increased number of students. We have many more students now(60,000), than we did in say 2009-2010. That is where the 500 million is lacking!

  • Ears to the Ground Oct 9, 2014

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    The 500K number includes all education (K-12, University and Community College) not just K-12. Maybe you think a High School Degree is sufficient to compete in today economy but I do not and the data backs that up. Also you have to look at per pupil spending which North Carolina is near the bottom. But I suppose if your a Republican details and facts are not important which is why they get their news from Fox News. I do agree though that the budget cut for the 2010-2011 school year was a bad thing but two wrongs don't make a right.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Oct 9, 2014

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    I lol'd. Actually he voted 97% of the time with the GOP majority. A rubber stamp for speaker Tillis.


  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Oct 9, 2014

    Murry is running television ads about his independence?

    Sorry GOP reps. You needed to show your independence during the law making process. I know of NO rep that said a word against the GOP general assembly. It was like the kids had control of the candy store and every GOPer got exactly what they wanted.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Oct 9, 2014

    "That's not sustainable for our state," Murry said.

    FYI Murry the GOP current budget is 500 million in the hole. So your tax breaks for the top 10% is ALSO not sustainable"

  • Restore NC Oct 9, 2014

    Go Gale!

  • teleman60 Oct 9, 2014

    It's encouraging that even republicans see that the Tillis led GA has taken actions that will take A DECADE TO REPAIR - schools, highways, fracking, sales taxes, election laws, motorcycle abortion bills.

    The Tillis led NC GA will go down in history as an example of KOCH BROS rabid "destroy the government" and then say "Look how bad govt is, we must make it smaller"!
    In this scenario the only winners are folks with incomes starting at $250,000.

    They don't NEED public schools or CARE about fracking or care about Voter ID or care about abortion. Their lives are NOT TOUCHED by these issues nearly to the extent of people with incomes of $30,000.
    The lower income people ARE THE MAJORITY OF NC CITIZENS! Look it up!

  • tracmister Oct 8, 2014

    Murry's chance to vote against this house's destructive policy have come and gone. At least have the back bone to state you did what you believed in with the rest of the Republican's in the house.

  • redapace Oct 8, 2014

    Well the important question is….what percentage of the time has he voted with Tillis? Less than 96%???