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Willard H. Murray Jr.


Picture of Willard H. Murray Jr.
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-54 48268 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-54 29981 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-52 57588 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-52 40702 Win
03-26-1996 Democratic CD-37 10396 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Willard Harold Murray
Born: January 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Barbara Farris (m. 1956, d. 1991)
Children: Kevin and Melinda
Military Service: USAF
Died: December 20, 2021 in CA

1960s: Executive Assistant, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty
Previous: Staff, Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell
Previous: Staff, Los Angeles City Councilman Billy Mills
Previous: Staff, Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally
1986: Primary Candidate for AD-19.6 (Lost; 19.6%)
1996: Primary Candidate for CD-37 (Lost; 20.8%)
1998-2021: Member, Water Replenishment District of Southern California District

  • PLACENAME: The portion of Route 91 in the City of Compton from Alameda Road to Central Avenue is named the "Willard H. Murray" Freeway. He established the first institute of the preservation of jazz as an art form at Cal State Long Beach. - Source:
  • Melinda Murray (daughter of Willard) was a primary candidate for AD-52 in 1996. She lost with 36% of the vote.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1989)