Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Venice candidates.
What have you prioritized during your time, and what will you focus on if re-elected?
I’m an incumbent and, if elected, I would continue to focus on helping the Discussion Forum Committee become better functioning as a forum to help the board identify, within the framework of the above VNC Vision Goals, the often overlooked common ground and unintended consequences of long-term issues by encouraging & facilitating deliberative discussions involving key interests and expertise.
Who are your primary supporters?
My primary supporters, I suspect, are those who have been frustrated by their experiences with what I perceive as counterproductive crisis-mode management of contentious matters affecting Venice and who feel the direction of my efforts hold merit as an alternative to ‘factional infighting’.
What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?
The issue which most concerns me is the current crisis-mode dynamic which is too often evident at board meetings and which has too often led to unproductive bickering and ‘quick decisions’ without much discussion – a dynamic which is fueled by the lack of a truly deliberative alternative. I believe this pattern has discouraged many thoughtful Venice residents from becoming involved with the Neighborhood Council experiment.
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
Perhaps they don’t know that I played the glockenspiel for the Notre Dame Marching Band.
Joe Murphy is running for At-Large Community Officer of the Venice Neighborhood Council, a two-year term. To read more candidate profiles, click here.