Walhalla, South Carolina , United States
|| August 06, 1973
Apr 14, 2005 01:15pm
|Info||Ken Campbell was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 6, 1973. Ken was the first of two children born to the Campbell family. The Campbell?s were a typical middle-class family in the 1970?s, struggling to keep the bills paid and maintain a little prosperity. Ken Sr. worked as an engineer in a power plant, while Patsy Campbell, Ken?s mother, worked as an R.N. at a local hospital. Life was not easy, but Ken?s parents instilled in him values of hope and compassion. It is these values that have called Ken Campbell to public service today. |
The young Campbell family moved to Garden Grove, California in 1981, where a nursing shortage proved to be an opportunity for the Campbell?s to pursue a new way of life in the United States. This moved proved a turning point in a young Ken Campbell. Although his family left southern California after only a year, Ken developed a love that would put him squarely on the path that would lead him to the South: Baseball.
The Campbell family finances during Ken?s high school years mirrors the financial position of many Oconee County families: They made too much money to qualify for financial aid, but made too little to save any significant amount towards college. At the age of 15, Ken learned his first major life lesson: If you want something bad enough, it can be yours ? providing you are willing to fight for it! Ken worked for a year in a local sports store, saving his money for a trip to the South that would allow him to realize his dream. At age 16, Ken hopped a plane and spent a week traveling by bus to various colleges, showing his skills, and searching for that elusive scholarship to get him into college. Success came with a full-scholarship to pitch at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia.
During Ken?s sophomore year, Ken met Alice Harper during a visit to USC Spartanburg. It was literally, ?love at first sight? and within two years, Ken and Alice were married at Walhalla Presbyterian Church.
Alice Campbell (Harper) is an Oconee County native and 1992 graduate of WHS. Alice is the daughter of John and Martha Harper, granddaughter of Louis and Lucile Harper. Alice grew up around the family business, the once well-known Harpers Five & Dime Stores. Many people in Oconee County have wonderful memories of heading uptown to do some shopping at the Harper?s Dime Store.
Alice is a proud product of local public schools and was so influenced by local teachers that she decided teaching was her calling as well. Alice graduated at the top of her class, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor?s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. Alice currently teaches part time at a camp for troubled teenage girls. Mrs. Campbell is an example of the type of dedicated and selfless group of individuals who are so very important in our society. The do their tough work with limited resources and are underpaid in our nation: Teachers.
Ken began his media career locally with the then, Journal-Tribune in Seneca, SC. (now the Daily Journal). Ken began in sales and proved to be a quick study under the leadership of publisher Steve Edwards. Over the next two years, Ken would prove an asset to the company, quickly rising to the position of Advertising Director. A career in the advertising business gave Ken a unique perspective on the county in which he lived.
According to Ken, ?I really enjoyed the advertising business ? I loved to learn about my client?s products and I thrived on trying to figure out ways to advertise them effectively. It?s kind of like getting to learn a new kind of business every day. I quickly learned how to put myself in my client?s shoes? and I believe that made me a very effective partner for my customers. I wasn?t just trying to fill space or meet a sales quota, I was trying to help my customer grow their business. I thought I had the coolest job on earth!? Ken plans on taking the same approach to public service: Putting himself in the shoes of others and seeking the public good.
Ken Campbell is currently the President and co-owner of Campbell Automotive Marketing, a specialty advertising firm that focuses on the needs of the automotive industry. Ken left a high-paying management position two-years ago to pursue his dream of self-employment. Over the past two years, though business has been strong, Ken has learned the hard way about the challenges that face small business owners: Cashflow, health insurance, limited resources, struggling to expand and tax issues.
Ken and Alice reside in Walhalla and have two sons, Jack and Patrick; aged 6 and 3 respectively. Jack is in the 1st grade at Walhalla Elementary School and is already showing promise as a student and advanced reader. Patrick attends preschool at Open Door Baptist Church. The Campbell boys (including Ken!) enjoy all sports, including baseball, basketball, football, and Tae Kwon Do. Alice Campbell is an accomplished distance runner and loves to compete in road races when her busy schedule as teacher and Mom allows.
From researching public policy to discussing the impact of running for public office, the Campbell?s spent many months preparing for this race. Ken and Alice believe firmly that the educational, environmental, and economic policies of the Democratic Party represent the best plan for improving the lives of ALL people in Oconee County.