I was born in Saltville in 1966, the youngest of three children to working class parents. My father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked as a retail clerk. They were both children of the Great Depression with little formal education. They believed in the value of hard work and instilled in me the importance of family and community. Times were tough everywhere when I was kid. Stagflation and gas shortages. Layoffs and plant closures following the passage of NAFTA. We didn’t have many luxuries. But my parents impressed on me the value of perseverance. That ability to persevere carried me through many long, tough struggles in my personal life, such as the loss of my father when I was a teenager to having the will to work all night long in a local factory just to be able to afford to finish college and law school during the daytime.
That same perseverance instilled in me by my parents helped me struggle for years to attract industry and jobs to Saltville while serving as Mayor. In talking with many of the people in the 6th District, I have discovered that they, like me, faced many of these same struggles. But we can make a change. We can attract industry to the 6th District and we can provide good paying jobs and opportunity for our people. We can do so through ingenuity and, most of all, perseverance. However, we can’t do it without changing the status quo. In Virginia, the rules of the economic development game favor the more affluent and politically influential areas of the state. So, if we continue to play by their rules, we are destined to perish. I understand how to manipulate this system to bring jobs to our district. I managed to do it from Saltville, a town of 2,300 people.
I am asking for your support to just give me that chance to do it from Richmond. I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents. Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District. We can do better. And I pledge to you that, if I am elected, we will.
Biography - A Lifetime of Service
- Mayor, Town of Saltville 2004- 2010
- Councilman, Town of Saltville 1998 – 2004
- Campbell Law Firm – Engaged in private practice of law for 13 years
Current and former representative clients:
- County of Smyth
- Town of Saltville
- Town of Chilhowie
- Branch Banking & Trust
- Smyth County Department of Social Services
- Pro-Erectors, Inc.
- Smyth Paint & Decorating, Inc.
- Smyth County Eye Associates, Inc.
- Southeast Educational Associates, Inc.
- Lowery Investments, LLC
- Marion Pediatric Associates, P.C.
- REL, Inc.
- Riverfront Cafe, Inc.
- Reynolds Holding Group, LLC
- DeBusk Farms, LLC
- United States Army Reserve 1993-2001
- Saltville Industrial Development Authority
- Allison Gap Ruritan Club
- Smyth County Tourism Association
- Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
- Youth Football, Basketball & Baseball Coach
- R.B. Worthy High School, 1984
- Emory & Henry College, 1992, B.A. – Mass Communication/Political Science
- Appalachian School of Law, J.D.