Erin Murphy, community advocate and teacher, of Dorchester on February 17 announced her candidacy for At-Large Boston City Councilor.
“I am running for City Council because, now more than ever, Boston needs leaders who understand the urgency of getting our kids and teachers safely back in classrooms, our local businesses up and thriving again, and our good jobs back to stay. Recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic may be the greatest challenge our City has ever faced. I am ready to work together with everyone who believes that Boston’s future is bright, but only if we are united in our common purpose of a better city for all.”
Erin Murphy was born and raised in Dorchester where she is the devoted mom of Brian, Maisie, and Michael (and Murphy Dog). She is a veteran Boston Public School teacher and special education coordinator who has spent decades dedicated to her students, families, and neighbors in Boston.
Erin’s candidacy will focus on uniting City residents and neighborhoods with common sense solutions to our shared challenges in recovering from the pandemic.
Her experiences as a teacher will inform her focus on K-12 education in Boston, bringing together parents and teachers wherever they are — in BPS, in charter schools, and in Catholic schools. Erin knows that we must make a seat at the table for every parent and educator in Boston if we are to fulfill our promise to Boston’s school children.
Erin’s personal experience with addiction, mental health, and family trauma have made her a compassionate advocate for our most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors. She will pay particular attention to Seniors, veterans, and those who are homeless. Erin knows that the isolation and fear of the pandemic have exacerbated the struggles many of our elders, veterans, and homeless neighbors face. Erin feels deeply how important it is to treat each person with dignity and the respect they deserve.
As a marathon runner, hiker, dog owner, and avid outdoor photographer, Erin’s urban environmentalism focuses on outdoor parks, playgrounds, space for dogs, and youth sports. She understands the crucial importance of big picture issues like climate resiliency, but also how that connects on a day-to-day level with baseball fields, hiking trails, and leafy streets in our neighborhoods. Health and wellness in urban environments, from asthma to exercise, are inextricably linked with climate responsibility.
Erin is a proud alum of UMass Boston and Fitchburg State University (M.A.Ed.). In her free time, Erin runs marathons to raise awareness and much needed money for addiction and mental health recovery services in Boston. She raised more than $50,000 for the addiction and mental health recovery programs at the Gavin Foundation.
Erin understands the struggles and challenges facing every-day Bostonians because she lives them too. Navigating our public school system, paying the rent or the mortgage, caring for aging parents, and recovering our lives and livelihoods in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
Boston needs Erin’s commitment and determination on the City Council now.
“Our city is hurting. As a 25-year Boston Public School educator, I know our families and our young people. I know our teachers and first responders and nurses. I know our mail carriers and our sanitation workers and our restaurant owners. 50 years living and raising a family in Dorchester has taught me a lot, but the most important lesson I’ve learned about Boston is this: We keep going. We do our best. We aren’t afraid to stand up and work hard. Whether it’s shoveling out after a blizzard, raising money for a family in need, or committing ourselves to peace during times of unrest, Boston people take care of each other.”