Murphy seeks re-election for commissioner

Ellen Murphy

Frederick County Commissioner of the Revenue Ellen Murphy plans to run for another term.

Murphy announced her intentions Friday to seek the Republican Party nomination to run for a sixth, four-year term in the constitutional office.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

Murphy was first elected to the office in a special election November 1994. She has been re-elected every four years since. Asked why she wants to serve another term, Murphy said, “I feel we provide an excellent service to the taxpayers of Frederick County and I like doing a job well.”

“Number two, I like the job and I like my staff, so it’s a pleasant experience in the long run for me,” Murphy said. “Do I get my pedigree read to me once in a while by a taxpayer? Well, sure. I mean, I’m the assessor. That’s gonna happen. But basically the public is very nice to deal with.”

Murphy cited department improvements made during her tenure that include implementing electronic document storage and online services and shifting property assessment to her office.

The commissioner’s office assesses property and handles business licenses and certain taxes. The commissioner assists with state income taxes and approves tax relief for elderly and disabled residents and disabled veterans. The office handles the land-use program for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and open space; conservation easements and minerals.

Murphy, a graduate of James Wood High School, has degrees in accounting and business management from Lord Fairfax Community College. Murphy holds a master’s certificate from the Weldon Cooper Center of the University of Virginia. She serves as president of the Board of Shenandoah Valley Community Residences Inc.

Murphy and her husband Al have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com