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Stephen Murray took office as mayor of the City of Beaufort in December 2020. He was first elected to City Council in 2014, and was serving his second term when he was elected mayor. He is a third-generation Beaufortonian. He graduated from Beaufort High School and attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Mayor Murray owns two Beaufort-based small businesses, Kazoobie Kazoos and New South Shirts. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has twice honored Kazoobie as a Top 75 Small Business in the United States.
Mayor Murray is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort, Leadership South Carolina, and the Riley Center for Diversity. He is also a graduate of the Municipal Association of South Carolina Elected Officials Advanced Institute. He is past chair of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. He was founding chairman and is a board member of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation. He helped establish and is on the board of the Beaufort Digital Corridor.
He and his wife, Melissa, have twin girls.