Get to know the town: Archie Campbell, Milford City Council Ward 1 Candidate

Archie Campbell

Archie Campbell

Name: Archie Campbell.

Age: “Old enough. I’m retired.”

Hometown: Somerset, NJ.

Occupation: Substitute teacher.

Educational Background: Social studies, sciences and brokerage.

Why did you move to Milford?

“We came here about 10 years ago in 2006. We originally looked at Bethany Beach. But the water table was too high. We looked at Milton, but my wife didn’t really like Milton.

“The guy that owns Rita’s was our real estate guy and after we weren’t sure with Milton, he said I’ll buy you an ice cream. Which, I thought was weird. Well, ice cream was in Milford. I said do you have a newspaper? We visited the Milford Beacon and the Milford Chronicle and had them both sent to us for nine months to a year.”

What is your service background?

“When I came to Milford, I got involved in the Lions. We would help feed people and I remember never having seen anyone live like that. And someone said to me, ‘That’s just how it is down here.’

“I became the assistant swim director at the Boys & Girls Club and founded the swim team. I coached it for years. Six or seven years ago, I was appointed to the planning commission and now I am the chairperson. I am also a HOBY counselor. I am the vice president of my homeowners’ association. I also speak Spanish, Japanese, Polish and Italian.”

Tell us about your job?

“Before I retired, I worked on Wall Street after school and stayed there for 13 years. I also worked at Johnson and Johnson, and L’oreal. My son calls me ‘The Pioneer,’ because I tend to break down the barriers. I substitute teach now. I work with the middle and high school age levels. I enjoy the kids. My goal for the older kids I’ve touched: I want them to graduate and go to Delaware Tech. Their school and books are paid for [through the SEED program], so there’s no reason not to go.”

How will you find time for a council role?

“I’m a pretty good at multitasking. I figured I would have to leave the planning board, of course.”

Why are you interested in sitting on City Council?

“I’d love to see the things that I passed finalized. Some have already been finalized. I think from the council’s stand point, you have a little more say. I’m very knowledgeable of city politics. In my career, I was the guy to go to the meetings and present items to councils.

“I’m the guy that does things. Milford’s going to be a great town one day. I just like doing what’s right.”

What do you hope to bring to the Council?

“I’d like to bring my environmental and corporate experience. I’d also like to bring my knowledge of city politics.”

If you had a free time, what would we find you doing?

“In the summertime for me, I’d probably swim laps. I’m a swimming guy; it’s hard to break that for me. If swimming is on, don’t walk in front my tv! I took up golf before I retired and I love that, too.”

Tell us about your family?

“My wife works at the Milford library. She is retired from the Jackson school system where she taught business for 25 years.

“We have a son who sells computer software and is also a project management professional. My daughter is also a PMP. Our oldest granddaughter is a sophomore at West Chester University. Our second oldest granddaughter is graduating high school. Our youngest granddaughter, the brainiac of the family, wants to be a prosthetic engineer. Our grandson is graduating from the eighth grade.”

What would you like your constituents to know?

“Communication is big to me. I want to communicate what goes on at the meetings with people.”

Contact information: archiethefish@yahoo.com.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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