Skaneateles Republicans: Meet chairwoman Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy, mother of two, native of Skaneateles and employee of the Skaneateles Community Center is more than just a working mom.

She is the newest chairperson of the Skaneateles Republican Committee.

To get to know Murphy a little better and understand what her role is with the committee, we are offering our readers some insight into her life with a Q&A:

Tell us a little bit about the Skaneateles Republican Committee:

The Committee is made up of your neighbors and friends, people who are interested in politics and who want to select the best candidates to the various positions within the town. We are working hard to remove the old image of three old men in a smoke filled room, making decisions in a vacuum. We want our residents to know who we are and to feel comfortable calling us.

When and why did you join the committee?

I joined the committee around 1993. My mother, Barb Greenfield, was a member for several years. As a child I saw how hard she worked on the committee and how passionate she was, and that had a great impact on me. It was at that point that I realized that someday I wanted to follow in my mom's footsteps. My mom gave me these words of advice when I became a member. She said, "You are new and you should listen to what others have to say because you will learn from them. Speak only when you have something of value to say." She said, "People will listen to those who don't do all the talking and chose their words very carefully when they do have something to say".

In your opinion, what makes the Republican committee important?

I believe local government is the most responsive and accessible to our residents and that is what I believe that our committee must be, too. That is the only way we will continue to provide the best candidates for our community.

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