Some people enter politics hoping to be prime minister. Others are motivated by a humbler but no less worthy desire to make things better. Murray Fearrey falls squarely in that category. While he once ran unsuccessfully against incumbent John Eakins for provincial parliament under the Conservative banner, he has expended most of his energy, countless hours of his time and made an intensely personal commitment to serving the community through municipal politics. Born in Haliburton in 1941, Murray Fearrey began his working life at General Motors. In 1967 he became an assessor for the Municipality of Dysart. Two years later he joined Ken Wilson as a partner in Haliburton Lumber, a position he still holds. Murray was first elected to Dysart council in 1971. He was elected reeve in 1975, and led the municipality continuously until 1990, when he stepped down to become a councillor. He did not run in the 1991 election, but was reappointed to council in March, 1994 to fill a vacancy created when Chris Hodgson won a provincial by-election and left the reeve's chair for Queen's Park. Over the years Murray Fearrey has gained widespread respect for his negotiating skills, for his political acumen, for his persistent championing of Haliburton County ahead of more parochial and narrow concerns, and for his diplomacy. He has led the municipality through a period of strong growth and rapid change, always with a view to making the community a better place to live and work. Many of the improvements that are seen as important community assets - Head Lake Park, the lakefront walkway, the new curling club, expanded parking facilities, among others - were initiated and brought to fruition by councils under Murray's leadership. He fought long and hard for a continuing care addition to Haliburton Hospital, and for the sewage expansion project, improvements that are poised to become reality. He also brought his considerable skills to county politics, serving as county warden in 1974, 1981 and 1987. Murray Fearrey joined Haliburton Rotary on June 15, 1967, stepping down in April, 1974. He served as president of the club in 1971-72, a year in which ongoing club projects were continued. In whatever free time he can find between his management duties at Haliburton Lumber and the endless round of meetings that comprise much of his political life, Murray enjoys golf, fishing and the outdoors.