Murphy visiting Ocracoke today
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, September 21, 2019
U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy is making his first official visit to the 3rd Congressional District since being sworn in Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with stops in Ocracoke and at ECU.
The Greenville Republican is scheduled to arrive at Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department at 10 a.m. today where he will meet with officials and National Parks Service Superintendent Dave Hallac to tour areas affected by Hurricane Dorian.
“It’s important people understand we’re hitting the ground running. That is an area that was devastated by Hurricane Dorian,” Murphy said. “We are going to meet FEMA people out there and see if we can expedite assistance for the people of Ocracoke Island.”
Gov. Roy Cooper last week asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for public assistance. The declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide supplement funding for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations.
Murphy still is assembling his office staff but his district director, Lindy Robinson, and adviser Wayne King will accompany him to Ocracoke to help gather information.
After the Ocracoke visit, Murphy will return to Greenville and meet with East Carolina University interim chancellor Dan Gerlach prior to ECU’s 6 p.m. kickoff against William & Mary.
He also is attempting to schedule a meeting with the U.S. Marine Corps’ chief of staff at Camp Lejuene on Tuesday to inspect damage caused by the hurricane.
Murphy described stepping in the well of the U.S. House of Representatives’ chamber on Tuesday a surreal experience.
“Just a week prior I had been in the General Assembly and now moving to a national stage is very humbling,” he said. “I have the people of the entire Third District to thank for supporting me and placing their confidence in home. I’m humbled to have that and I’m eager to provide I will be an admirable congressman for them.”
Since taking the oath of office four days ago Murphy has been discussing likely committee assignments along with setting up his Washington and local offices.
“We haven’t had a congressional office in about a year and there are a lot of people who need to be served, need to have their issues dealt with,” he said. “We are trying to do the best we can to do and to do it as quickly as possible.”
Murphy previously said he plans to have offices in Greenville, Jacksonville and Edenton. He also wants to have part-time offices in Carteret and Craven counties to assist two areas with large population centers.
“We plan on being a very customer service-oriented congressional office,” he said.
Committee appointments are made by a steering committee which is scheduled to meet next week.
“There are not many vacancies at this point and time because we are in the middle of session,” Murphy said.
The 17 counties in the 3rd Congressional District conducted their canvass of the results of the special elections held Sept. 10 to seat new representatives in Congress.
The Sept. 10 unofficial results had Murphy receiving 70,142 and his Democratic opponent Allen Thomas receiving 42,570 votes.
The canvass involves adding absentee and provisional ballots along with verifying the ballots cast on election day.
Following the canvass, the final vote total were 70,408 for Murphy and 42,738 for Thomas.
The two third party candidates, Tim Harris and Greg Holt, together received less than 1,000 votes.
The state Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the election results at its Oct. 1 meeting.