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Murray was born in Montreal, Quebec and attended Concordia University. Prior to being elected mayor, he was a coordinator of health education, working with AIDS patients at a Winnipeg clinic. Murray served as city councillor for from 1990 to 1998. He was first elected to council as the candidate of an alliance called "Winnipeg into the '90s", ironically defeating Sam Katz, another future mayor.
He was elected mayor on October 28, 1998 with 50.5% of the vote in a close race against grocer Peter Kaufman, who received 45% of the vote. Murray was re-elected in 2002 over former councillor Al Golden.
On May 7, 2004, Murray announced that he would run in the 2004 Canadian federal election after several months of denying rumours to this effect. He ran as a candidate for the Liberal Party in the riding of Charleswood—St. James .
On June 28, 2004, Murray was defeated in his attempt to become a member of the Canadian House of Commons by Conservative Steven Fletcher. Some believe his loss was partly due to concerns about his credibility on a local issue: he claimed to support the Moray Bridge and associated roadwork, but had previously opposed such work when on city council.
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