Name: Randy Campbell
Address: 10639 Campbell Line, Blenheim, Ont. N0P 1A0
Occupation: Dairy Farmer
Tell me a bit about your home life, e.g. married) how many years, how many kids, grandkids, how long have you lived in the area, where you work, hobbies, etc.
- I have been married to my wife for 37 years. We have two sons, Douglas and Glen.
- I have lived and farmed all my life in the area. I also worked part-time for 32 years.
- Enjoy geology, local history and pioneers.
- Past member and President of Ridgetown Kiwanis
- Past 4-H member, leader + director - Kent County
Past political or other experience you feel may be beneficial?
- 16 years LKDSB trustee – last two years as Board Chair
- President Ridgetown Kiwanis (2004-2005)
What was the one issue that prompted you to enter?
- Have a rural/small town/village voice on the Lambton Kent District School Board.
What are the top three issues facing Chatham-Kent?
- Student enrollment - RDHS - 2018 - 173 students compared to in 2022 - 93 students.
- Aging educational facilities.
- Keeping student courses locally due to enrollment decline.
If you could change one thing as trustee, what would it be and why?
- As a trustee for 16 years, I feel we are doing a great job as a group.
Do you feel it is important to keep rural schools open, and would you support keeping them open?
- Keep rural schools open - “YES.”
- Always have and always will support keeping rural schools open.
Do you feel there is waste in the school board budget? If so, please cite specific areas where you would reduce funding.
- Our Board manages a very efficient and effective budget - and always has.
What do you hope to accomplish as a trustee?
- To continue to support rural/small town schools
- To continue to produce a safe, healthy, respectful learning environment for students and staff.
What is your vision for education in Ward 3 in the next four years? Long term?
- There will eventually be an Accommodation Review due to RDHS, BDHS, and TDHS’s lower student population enrollment.
- The local communities will have a say in which direction they want to proceed through board meetings, exchange and other commodities.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News