City council candidate Campbell ‘in his last days’

Civic leader's name to remain on November ballot

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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Vancouver City Council candidate Scott Campbell, who has been battling cancer for several years, is not expected to survive.

According to an announcement from Campbell’s family on his candidate Facebook page, the 59-year-old “appears to be in his last days.”

“Understandably, the family is going through a rough time and they want to stay with Scott while they can and while they have him,” said Jim Mains, whose firm, High Five Media, has been running Campbell’s campaign. “They know he’s loved by so many in our community, and they really want them to know they can feel the love and prayers from people in our community. He’s currently on his final journey.”

Campbell is the government and community affairs liaison with Waste Connections. He led last month’s primary election for the nonpartisan position with 54.63 percent of the 19,596 votes cast. Maureen McGoldrick took second place in the race with 16.57 percent of the votes. They are running to succeed Councilor Jack Burkman, who decided not to run for re-election for the Position 1 seat.

Campbell’s name will remain on the Nov. 7 ballot, Auditor Greg Kimsey said. If he wins, the Vancouver City Council will appoint someone in January to serve in his stead until the 2018 election.

In April, Campbell told The Columbian that his cancer treatments were working and his prognosis was good.

“One thing it’s taught me is to have a laser focus on what’s important,” Campbell said. “My family is important, and my priorities, the community and I work and live in and continuing to move this community forward.”

Campbell also sits on several boards and nonprofits, including the Fort Vancouver National Trust, the Clark County Parks Foundation and the Veterans Therapeutic Court. He listed Vancouver’s economic growth, rebuilding the city’s relationship with the Clark County council and supporting affordable housing among his priorities.

“Scott loves our community so much, and he was loved by everybody,” Mains said. “He is one hell of a good guy.”

Campbell shares a name with The Columbian’s publisher but is not related to the Campbell family that owns and publishes The Columbian and columbian.com