Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell announced Friday that he’ll run for a second term this fall.
Campbell, who defeated 16-year veteran Dan Tonkovich to earn his seat in 2007, said he’s mailed his candidate filing to Olympia and is putting his hat in the ring.
“Americans are not timid people who run away from problems or hide their talents,” he wrote on his website. “When we have troubles, we face them. With hard work and creativity we will make changes so our children and grandchildren have a better life. Locally, we need to move ahead, being wise with our financial resources and taking up the opportunities that others have worked hard to provide for us. I am offering to serve a second term with your Council Team to do this.”
Bill Turlay, who ran unsuccessfully against Jack Burkman for a city council seat in 2009, has filed with the state to run for the seat, as well, but has not made any formal announcement to The Columbian.
Campbell, 66, said that in his first year he worked to dig down and ask tough questions, and found that the city council had been too optimistic about its finances. He also decided that a new bridge across the Columbia River that includes light rail is what the “community and region needs,” he wrote.
Campbell is retired and lives with his wife, Dorothy, in the Burton Evergreen neighborhood. He serves on the Southwest Clean Air Agency, Council for the Homeless, Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Vancouver and Clark Regional Wastewater District Oversight Committee. He is council alternate on the C-Tran board of directors.
Campbell ran unsuccessfully against Marc Boldt in the Republican primary for 17th District representative in 2002. In 2004, he switched parties and won the Democratic primary for the spot but lost to Republican Jim Dunn in the general election. He lost to Pat Jollota for the Vancouver City Council in 2005.
City council members earn $1,781 a month for their part-time public service positions and are elected at large.
His website is http://www.patservesus.com.