SUISUN CITY — With no incumbent, two newcomers to public office will face off for the Treasurer seat in November.
Michael McMurry, husband of current treasurer Jeanie McMurry, takes on Jan Davenport.
Jeanie McMurry was diagnosed with cancer leading up to the filing period, Michael said. The certified public accountant is now running for the spot and said his background in finances is exactly what the position needs.
He also cited a short stint as Suisun City’s interim finance director and his time working with the firm that audited the city in the 1980s as more relevant experience.
McMurry said his business works with everyday residents, which helps him relate to the issues facing them and the city.
“I understand the plain ol’ person on the street. My clients aren’t rich, they are normal people,” the 16-year resident said. “Life is about relationships and how we can help each other.”
The Treasurer’s post caught attention in the past after the Solano County grand jury highlighted the $200 monthly stipend and generous health benefit package for the job that entails around eight hours of work a month.
McMurry said he would decline California Public Employees’ Retirement System pension credits and reimburse any costs for medical coverage.
“I’m not doing this for the money,” he said.
Davenport said that her costs would be low as a single woman with no children, if she took the benefits at all.
“I have medical insurance. I am not running for the benefits,” she said.
Davenport has been in property management for 27 years, currently working with senior housing. She said that her time helping others has prepared her for public office.
“It’s complete public service. I have a passion for local government. I’m one of the few people who regularly sit in on City Council,” she said. “At this point, I have the time and passion for it. Right now, I’m a private servant helping people.”
She said Suisun City politics is filled with many who have been there for years and it’s time for a new face.
“The city of Suisun deserves fresh representation,” she said. “When you see something is wrong, you have to step in.”
Davenport said she hopes to parlay her position as a chance to gain access to the ears of city leaders so she can take concerns of citizens up the ladder.
“I’m looking to be those eyes for the community,” she said. “I’m available and approachable.”
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