An alumnus of Oak Bay High and the University of Victoria, with strong family ties to Oak Bay, Kevin returned to Oak Bay 9 years ago to raise his family. A businessman in the high-tech industry, Kevin has spent the last 3 years working hard for his community. He chaired the award-winning Municipal Website Redevelopment project to completion on time and on budget, has been an active Council liaison to the new Oak Bay Environmental Committee, co-chaired the Community Engagement Working Group, chaired the year-long Floor Area Review Committee to address house sizes, contributed over 30 pages of edits and feedback on the new OCP (as well as many photographs) and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library board. This is in addition to starting another business, volunteering, coaching Bays United Soccer, serving on the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA) board, and serving on numerous community arts and education boards. Kevin’s wife, Elizabeth Swiggum, is a Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart Function Clinic and Cardiac Rehab Center at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Kevin and family are currently undertaking a major renovation of their 1912 Oak Bay heritage home.
Kevin follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, George Murdoch, who served on Oak Bay Council from 1946 to 1957, and as Reeve (Mayor) from 1958 to 1963.
While often a dissenting voice on Council, Murdoch has largely enjoyed his first term in office. “I’m proud of the fact that I always work diligently to improve motions or bylaws that I disagree with, and not just oppose them. It takes a lot of time to understand and consider each issue on its merit; my goal on council has been to support the best long-term solutions based on the available scientific evidence and total lifetime costs.”
Key elements of Kevin’s platform include:
• Ensuring bylaws reflecting the new Official Community Plan are developed wisely
• Making smart, long-term infrastructure decisions to reduce operational costs
• Providing political support for science-based solutions to environmental issues
• Protecting and building upon Oak Bay’s community heritage
• Enhancing facilities for active families and the elderly
• Supporting tourism, the arts and local business