LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Recently-appointed District 42 Delegate Jeff Campbell said Tuesday that he is ready to take on the duties given to him by Governor Justice.
Campbell joined MetroNews affiliate WJLS: The Voice of Beckley’s “Radio Roundtable” just one day after being appointed. The educator and longtime radio broadcaster called the show during his planning period at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School in Ronceverte.
He admitted this wasn’t the first time he had considered the role. He was originally approached by the State Democratic Party during the 2016 primary election to consider running for the House of Delegates.
“I’ve always been kind of interested in taking the next step,” said Campbell. “I chose not to because at that time I knew that our new, current Senator Stephen Baldwin was planning to run for the House of Delegates and had put a lot of time and effort into it. I didn’t think at that time running against two incumbent Republicans that we could pull it off.”
Now that he is in the position recently left vacant by former Delegate Baldwin, who filled the position of Senator Ron Miller after his resignation, he already has ideas for helping Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers Counties. He has spoken with fellow southern West Virginia native Governor Justice about the recent growth in the Lewisburg area.
“It has grown, but our infrastructure has not kept up with that growth” Campbell explained. “I think it’s important now to take a look at some of the things that maybe we can do to help the infrastructure in this area.”
In addition to the annual draw of the State Fair of West Virginia in neighboring Fairlea, other recent additions to the area are attracting people from across the nation into this district which has roughly 38,000 residents.
“Also with the PGA Tour coming to town starting in 2010, the concert series that we’ve had, the NFL training camps that we’ve had here and other things that go on in our area. We just need to take a look at our infrastructure and make sure everything expands to meet that growth that we’ve had.”
Campbell is no stranger to balancing multiple roles at once. An earlier MetroNews report shows that other than teaching Social Studies full-time at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, he also has been a radio broadcaster in Greenbrier County for 33 years. Additionally, he has served for 29 years as statistical coordinator for West Virginia University football broadcasts.
When asked if he will continue to balance both occupations while being a part of the House of Delegates, Campbell explained he will have to let go of one of them temporarily. He has been talking to the president of the Greenbrier County Board of Education about taking a legislative leave.
“I also had a nice text message thread with our superintendent of schools and I’m going to get that approved. In terms of the radio if I can’t, then someone else is going to have to do it. Obviously I still want to be a part of it.”
Campbell was born in Summers County and has lived in Greenbrier County since he was 18 months old. To him, representing District 42 is far more than a title.
“Make no mistake, I’m fully committed to representing our district here in the House of Delegates. Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers Counties are very important to me. When I say this is home, it really is home to me.”
The selection of Campbell follows a list of legislative seats recently filled by the Justice administration.