News 12 6pm/ Friday August 30, 2013
Augusta, GA (WRDW)--- Family and friends surround Dianne Murphy as she prepares to take the first step in her own political journey.
"To announce my intent to qualify for House District 127," said Dianne Murphy from a podium.
"Very proud," are the words Ronnie Brown used to describe what he thinks the late Quincy Murphy is feeling about his wife's intent to fill his seat at the capitol.
"He was a God fearing individual himself and his family is here...Where he was raised up in the church, so I'm sure he's smiling.... you see it's getting me," said Brown as his eyes filled with tears.
Before passing away four weeks ago Representative Murphy was sponsoring several legislative measures that his widow will now fight for, along with her own platform.
"She's really passionate about public education and she wants to do what she can, to help improve public education in the state of Georgia," said Brown.
"Someone has taken on the torch," said long time friend and business partner, Bob O'Neal. O'Neal says he believes in Mrs. Murphy and says she's the only one for the job.
"She knows his toughest, his plans, and is willing to move forward and doing those things he knew he wanted to do, but just didn't have a chance to do it," he told News12.
While there is work to do--Mrs. Murphy can use House Bill 1235 as a blue print. That bill was sponsored by Mr. Murphy and what some say helped save and monitor tax dollars in Augusta.
"She's a lady first and a politician second... Her word is her bond," said her campaign chairman.
Mrs. Murphy wasn't available for interviews today, but promised she would sit down with News12 soon.