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‘Great candidate’ describes Campbell

With the Aug. 7 primary just around the corner, voters are busy looking at the commissioner candidates’ qualifications and experience levels. While every candidate has something to offer, one must remember that a great candidate must possess not just one or two attributes, but a culmination of many talents that can only be acquired over a lifetime.

Jim Campbell stands out because the simple truth is, experience does matter. Like many others in our community, Jim proudly served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer. Jim’s second career with Lockheed Martin took him to senior manager, and was the company’s liaison to the Royal Navy for the Trident Missile program. He developed specifications for multi-million dollar contracts, negotiated and managed budgets.

Jim Campbell is currently on his sixth year as an Oak Harbor city councilman. Many citizens refer to Jim as one of the few adults sitting on the council. Jim is very approachable. You often see him at Angelo’s Caffé chatting with his constituents, keeping abreast of their concerns and ideas for a better community. Jim Campbell is not aligned with any special interest group, therefore he listens to all of his constituents and formulates proposals accordingly. Jim looks at each issue carefully, and considers every aspect before making a decision.

Jim Campbell believes that while some taxes and fees are necessary to support the basics, he does not believe that the citizen’s pockets should be the first place to go when financing improvements or changes. Nor does he believe that citizens should be over-regulated, making it difficult to run a business, or get something as simple as a building permit.

Jim Campbell possesses strong leadership, communication and people skills. Jim is able to work through complex problems, and provide practical solutions. We need to tap into Jim Campbell’s lifetime experience to make Island County a better place to live and work for our families, friends and neighbors. Island County needs an experienced elder statesman that displays good judgment and wisdom. Jim Campbell is the perfect choice for Island County Commissioner, District 2.

Ken J. Wolf
Oak Harbor

 

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