[Editor's Note: This story was updated Thursday afternoon with Walter Campbell's responses to a pair of questions posed to him via email by The Ind.]
Touting the campaign slogan “Ready to Listen, and Ready for Action,” Lafayette real estate executive Walter Campbell announced Wednesday afternoon his intention to seek the District 9 City-Parish Council seat this fall. The seat, which covers Youngsville and parts of Broussard, unincorporated Lafayette Parish and the city of Lafayette, is currently occupied by William Theriot.
Describing himself as “a fiscally conservative Republican,” Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USL. He is co-owner and top producer with Keller Williams Realty in Lafayette, and currently serves as City-Parish President Joey Durel’s appointee to the Transportation Policy Committee, is president-elect of Kiwanis of Acadiana, a board member of Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and a Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce ambassador.
Campbell served six years in the Louisiana Air National Guard, including during 1991’s Desert Storm conflict, and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette. He and his wife, Sherrie, a Broussard Middle School teacher, and their two children, Blake and Allison, are parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima.
The Ind: What motivated you to seek the District 9 CPC seat?
Campbell: For the most part, I believe those involved in our local government are doing a great job and disagree with anyone who compares what we have to the problems at the state and national levels. As a resident in District 9, and having been involved with politics from an armchair for years, I recognized that my district was getting the short end of the stick when it comes to improvements in infrastructure, quality of life and the need for comprehensive planning on a parishwide basis. Instead of complaining about it, I chose to become educated on the issues and get involved in making our community an even better place to do business and raise a family.
The Ind: What do you bring to the table that suits you for the job?
Campbell: My belief is that “good government” means that those involved are good communicators, exhibit strong character, always seek out the best solution through collaboration, and they listen and stand accountable to their constituents. I believe that I possess all of these traits abundantly and pray for the opportunity to serve District 9 and the community that I love.