Archive for Saturday, January 6, 2001

Bank employee throws hat in commission ring

January 6, 2001

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Craig Campbell announced his candidacy for Lawrence City Commission Friday, saying like other candidates that the most important issue is growth.

"Lawrence is at a crossroads for its growth," he said. "But it's not a matter of if we grow, but how and how much."

Campbell, 35, graduated from Kansas University in 1990 and returned to Lawrence in 1997. He is employed as a commercial lender for Firstar Bank.

He teaches first-graders in Junior Achievement at Deerfield School and serves as treasurer of Habitat for Humanity.

Among the major issues facing the city, Campbell said, are transportation and taxes. The South Lawrence Trafficway, he said, is a definite need.

"But it's not going to go through 31st Street," he said. "But maybe south of that if we can work it out."

Growth, he said, will make wise use of tax money a continuing issue. Campbell urged caution.

"There will be tremendous opportunity as we grow to see our revenues grow and, perhaps, spend that unwisely," he said.

He comes to politics naturally. His mother, Patricia Campbell, is an elected judge in Detroit.

He is married and has a 10-month-old son.

Campbell, who claims no party affiliation, is the seventh person to announce his intention to seek a seat on the six-member city commission. Three seats are up for election in April.

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