There are two Mike Murrays on the local political scene.
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board chair Mike Murray wants people to know he is not running for the federal Conservative party – although he shares the same name as a candidate.
The school board chair wanted to clarify the issue, because so many people have asked him whether he part of the national campaign – as recently as the Terry Fox Run in Pitt Meadows over the weekend.
The Mike Murray who is running for the Conservative Party in the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge was the constituency assistant for retiring MP Randy Kamp.
The school board chairman said he checked with “the other Mike,” before bringing the matter up, adding he does not want it to appear that he favours one candidate over another.
“I’m not endorsing any candidate, and I’m not involved in any of the federal political parties. I wish all of the candidates the best of luck,” said board chairman Murray.
He simply doesn’t want voters to cast their vote on a mistaken assumption – be it one that helps the candidate’s chances, or hurts them.