March 21, 2002
Paul Campbell Seeking To Continue Local Legislative Legacy
The Scotland County legacy in the House of Representatives will now have the opportunity to carry on. On March 19 Paul Campbell announced his candidacy for the First District Missouri State Representative.
"I want to make sure that all the hard work done by the people who have been in this job continues," stated Campbell. "We need to work for the people of the First District to make sure that the needs of this area are addressed in Jefferson City and I want to represent the people in this area."
The Scotland County native will be seeking to fill the office, which is being vacated by Rep. Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, who is running for the state senate. Campbell will seek to be the fourth consecutive First District Representative to have been elected from Scotland County.
Campbell made the announcement after what he termed careful consideration, with the knowledge that he wants to continue the long line of excellent representatives from the area that have been able to help the people that call the district home.
The rural northeast Missouri farmer is no stranger to public service. He has been a member of the Scotland County R-I Board of Education since 1993, serving as vice president for three years before filling his current role as board president beginning in 1999. He also is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and has served the Scotland County Democratic Central Committee and the NEMO Democratic Committee.
"Paul is the best candidate for this house seat," said Rep. Berkowitz. "Paul is a family-oriented person, active in the educational community, who cares about transportation issues and the family farmers. He is one of the most diligent and hardworking individuals I know and that's what we need for the First District."
Campbell and his wife, Cathy, and their two sons, Lance and Lane, live in Memphis. Supporters of his candidacy point to his family commitments like years of volunteering coaching little league and basketball, leading the kids 4-H club and Boy Scouts as well as working as a barn superintendent at the county fair.
"I want to continue the effort to improve the transportation and infrastructure of northeast Missouri; make sure our education system is fully funded and meets the advancing needs of our students; ensure the aging population of the state will be able to receive affordable and reliable health care; put a reasonable profit back into agriculture and ag-related businesses and explore options that will enable our younger generations to be able to stay in rural Missouri and make a stable living in family business," Campbell said.
"I know this is a big step and I'm ready for the task," Campbell said. "I ask the people of the First District to elect me to represent them and I'll make sure I give them my all to bring the best to our area."
Campbell will be opposed on the November general election ballot by Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown.
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