Tom in the News

Campbell has unfinished business
Nisqually Valley News, August 15, 2008

 By Keven R. Graves

In the race for Position No. 2 state representative in the second district, Republican Tom Campbell is the best choice for another term of office.

Following one-on-one interviews with Campbell and challenger Michael Powell, D-Puyallup, it is clear that the incumbent, Campbell, still has much to offer his constituents.

Democrat Rick Payne, D-Graham, was unavailable for interviews because of family medical issues.

Powell would certainly bring energy to the job, but stumbles on some of the key issues that are important to voters who live in the Nisqually Valley.

The long-awaited Yelm Avenue bypass, for example, is a project that Powell needs to become more familiar with, as is a proposed rail line to the city’s industrial area.

A military veteran who is currently in college, Powell is bright and has promise. If he chooses to run for public office again, a little bit of homework will go a long way.

While Powell may someday make a good representative, he would need to get to know this part of his district better.

Campbell, however, expressed confidence that he will bring in the remaining money needed to complete the bypass. He is also in touch with officials in Yelm, Eatonville, Rainier and Roy.

Despite the fact that he’s serves several terms of office already, Campbell still exudes an enthusiasm for the job you might find in a newcomer.

His dedication to health care issues and empowering citizens against the medical establishment are encouraging.


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