Experienced Public Servant Ron Campbell seeks Trustee Seat in Shelby
Through Patience and a Personal Touch, Campbell See’s a Path to an Even Better Shelby Township
Ron Campbell wants to be an advocate for what he calls “the silent voter”. While he appreciates the passion of those who are active and vocal in the community, Campbell believes that the majority of Shelby voters and residents are too busy living and enjoying their lives to follow every issue as closely as the board members have to. He believes that representing the interests of every member of the community is important and that the positions on the board are not something anyone is entitled to.
“Those four open (Trustee) seats belong to the people of Shelby Township.”
Campbell believes in the personal touch, in reaching out to concerned citizens and listening to them so that they can be sure the leaders of their community understand their struggles and have their best interests in mind. Ron said he believes a city councilperson should make him or herself available to the public every day, “Whether it’s at a city council meeting or when you’re in the grocery store, you have to listen…(you are) a lightning rod for the community in good times and bad.” When he thinks about what the community can do better, the first thing that comes to mind is “Access to the Supervisor and Board.” Campbell says when he’s written emails to the board, he only hears back from “Some of them,” and would like to see an increase in transparency and accessibility.
The candidate for Trustee says that includes sitting down with citizens whose concerns are unique to those individuals or to minority groups they are a part of. He weighed in on the recent controversy over Shelby Police Chief Robert Shelide by trying to be understanding and sympathetic to both sides. “No one wants to be judged by their worst day. Robert Shelide has been a police officer for 34 years in (multiple communities) which were all diverse melting pots of people.” In pointing to the Chiefs long record of service in law enforcement, Campbell suggests that if the Chiefs recent actions were the rule and not the exception, surely there would be a paper trial to prove it. That said, he feels like the Chiefs actions in this instance were wrong.
“Would I have voted to fire him, No. Would I vote to suspend him, Yes.” Campbell also said he is “perturbed” that Trustee Vince Viviano and Supervisor Rick Stathakis are in his opinion “hiding” behind the false notion that they would have fired the chief when in fact they “did not put a motion on the floor to fire.”
When it comes to the current board and their performance overall, Campbell does not see them as problematic, but rather appreciates their efforts overall and is hesitant to judge their actions without knowing all the details. Having been in their position himself before, Campbell says he understands the obstacles and challenges that a city council or township board faces.
“Shelby is a good community as a whole, lots of great services, lots of great people, but maybe the township as a whole needs to take a pause and reevaluate some things.”
Campbell points to prioritizing re-utilization of existing commercial and industrial spaces before looking towards continued expansion. “There is a lot of vacant property that could be repurposed or re-utilized before we build another fill-in-the-blank...we need our focus to be making the best possible use of any available land we have.”
As someone who drives for a living, Campbell is a Utica Community Schools Bus Driver, Ron see’s first hand how traffic congestion has increased in recent years and how frustrating it can make the rush hour commute. “I’m living it,” he says. And while he does think many of the issues are being addressed, he wonders if a little more foresight and planning should have been taken into consideration.
“What’s being done (construction) right here at M-53 and 23 mile, I am glad they are addressing it now. Should it have been done five years ago, yes. Should it have been addressed before Amazon came in, yes. Would this be happening if Amazon wasn’t there?”
For Ron Campbell, Shelby is a place he’s proud to live. In the seven years he has lived here he’s grown to love calling it home.
“It’s a top-notch community that is able to do (great) things without going into debt or raising taxes.”
From 1987 to 1997 he served as a City Councilman and Deputy Mayor in Eastpointe. He learned from those experiences as a young man. “I was twenty-seven years old and thought I was going to change the world because I had all these wonderful ideas.” And though he had to learn some hard lessons, he feels he emerged with a better sense of how local politics work without sacrificing his passion for improving his community. Today that community is Shelby Township and Ron Campbell is asking for your vote to make this strong community even stronger.
Article by Joe Malburg