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DECATUR — Hubert Murray, a former government staffer and U.S. Army Reserve veteran, on Wednesday announced his Republican candidacy for Macon County Board.

Murray, who lives in Harristown with his wife, Samantha, and their 3-year-old daughter, is running in the board's District 5, which includes much of the county's southwest side. He is a graduate of Meridian Community Unit School District. 

“I look forward to bringing a new generation of grit and resilience to the Macon County board,” Murray said in a statement. “In both the Army and in government, I’ve never walked away from a problematic situation, and I won’t do that in Macon County, either.”

Murray described himself as a digital marketing professional who studied information science and eSociety at the University of Arizona. He previously worked as a congressional staffer for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and as a senior public service administrator with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 

In the latter role, Murray said, he worked to make the Historic Tax Credit less burdensome. 

“My experience in cutting red tape for our residents and working with developers and government agencies along with federal and state legislators to ensure projects are successful has prepared me for serving on the Macon County board,” he said. 

District 5 is represented by Republicans Debra Kraft, Patty Cox and Grant Noland. Two seats, held by Kraft and Cox, are up for reelection next year. 

The primary election is March 17, 2020.

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