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Bob Campbell seeks second term on Leland Town Council [Free read]

Councilman Bob Campbell has served Leland Town Council since 2015 and seeks to be elected for a second term. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Bob Campbell)
Councilman Bob Campbell has served Leland Town Council since 2015 and seeks to be elected for a second term. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Bob Campbell)

LELAND — Councilman Bob Campbell hopes to be elected for a second term on Leland Town Council.

Campbell was first elected in 2015.

Author’s note: Port City Daily’s candidate interviews are largely unedited. Edits have only been made to correct spelling or grammatical errors. Candidates were not given word or character limits to answer each question. 

What is your campaign platform?

To continue to keep Leland a safe and viable community for all.

What makes you qualified to serve on Town Council?

As a current town of Leland council person, I am completing my first four-year term. As with any job I feel that experience counts. Along with my current tenure I have many years experience serving on various boards. As a retired Brunswick County employee I am very familiar with the inner workings of government and these prior experiences qualify me to serve.

Many residents of “old” Leland often air concerns about feeling left behind or left out. Do you feel “old” Leland has adequate elected representation? Why or why not?

During my tenure on the council we have striven to include all parts of Leland without treating one differently than another. The history of the Town of Leland is rooted in “old” Leland and we need this area to help guide us in to our future. Council seats are and should be filled with residents who represent all of Leland not just a specific area. This being said we want to leave no one behind.

What makes Leland, Leland? What defining places, characteristics, or ideas make up the town’s identity?

Leland has become a shining example of what a municipality can be. We welcome all to our town. This diversity defines Leland as a vibrant town that reaches out to all with recreational facilities, shopping, jobs, and stability. We have several parks in process with walking trails, boat ramps to take advantage of the river, a wonderful Cultural Arts Center that brings many concerts and other forms of entertainment. All of these define us as a community.

Do you see Leland as a bedroom community for Wilmington? Should the town take steps to further its own economic and cultural independence as a community or aim to complement existing industry in Wilmington?

As Wilmington continues to grow Leland becomes more desirable and could be seen as a bedroom community. I think that we can further our own economic growth and cultural independence and still complement the City of Wilmington’s efforts.

The town has obligated itself in agreements with developers to pay over $1 million in incentives so far in 2019. That obligation could soon climb to a maximum of $4,497,750. Leland is using System Development Fees to essentially reimburse developers for fees they pay into the town. What are your thoughts on this pattern of incentives for private projects?

The utilization of system development fees encourages future growth and incentivizes developers to come to our town without using taxpayers’ funds. With development comes the opportunity for increased revenues from property and sales taxes, increased employment and the chance for increases in our retail markets.

What’s your honest take on the utility drama that has lingered over the region for years? 

Let me start by saying that any “take” or answer I give is my honest take or opinion. If you are referring to the water utility issues that have been going on for a number of years, I feel that it is a shame on all of us that we have not been able to sit down with all of the partners and arrive at a fair and equitable solution for all. There has been interference with local elections reminiscent of the “Russian Collusion” that was all headline news. With these actions we get no closer to working with our municipal partners.

Is it fair that taxpayers have, to some degree, helped foot the bill for the multi-million dollar H2GO lawsuit?

As the Town of Leland is a customer of H2GO, and thereby the residents are also customers, I feel that the Town has every duty to protect its and its citizens from illegal and undue hardships.

What is one action/vote Leland got wrong in 2017-2019?

I think that one action would have had better results if we had placed more emphasis on possible flooding issues.

What is one action/vote Leland got right in 2017-2019?

In reference to the above question I feel that a positive action was to review all of our infrastructure and continue to plan for the future. A good example of this was the incorporation of our Volunteer Fire and Rescue departments that allowed us to increase first responders and provide a safe and secure environment.

Anything else you’d like to share with voters?

I have been a resident of the Town of Leland for over twenty years. I have seen it grow and thrive and proud enough to say I cannot think of any other place I would rather be. It would be a pleasure to continue to serve our resident

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