Campaign links: Spence Campbell (R-NC-11)
Charles Spencer “Spence” Campbell, Jr.
Spence Campbell Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 11
Biography of Spence Campbell from Spence Campbell for Congress
I’m running for Congress because I am worried about where our country is headed. Our economy isn’t growing and our national debt is spiraling out of control. The folks in Washington aren’t helping matters. Most people in Congress are more worried about their party than their country. They focus more on bettering themselves and their chances for re-election or a cushy job than they do on the people they represent.
The House of Representatives is often called “the people’s house.” It was designed to be the most direct line between the government in the people. Congressmen were supposed to have their finger on the pulse of their district and work to meet the needs of the people they represent. That certainly isn’t happening today. Congressmen work to meet their own needs rather than the needs of their constituents.
This distance between the elected and the electorate has caused real problems. We’re in a ton of debt. Unemployment is sky high, particularly in many counties in Western North Carolina. Our government spends billions each year on tax credits and subsidies to special interest groups while our children and grandchildren face a bleaker future.
I attended the University of Tennessee where I met and married my wife Marianne, a native of Hendersonville. I graduated in 1966 and was commissioned into the United States Army where I began a career as a military intelligence officer. I have served in Vietnam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, and Heidelberg, as well as the United States. In 1992 I retired as a colonel and moved to Hendersonville, where I worked with several nonprofits and in the family business, Ewbank & Ewbank Insurance and Real Estate.
I have served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Children and Family Resource Center, the Hendersonville Board of Adjustment, the Historic Courthouse Corporation Committee, the Henderson County Department of Social Services, the Henderson County Republican Party, and the Henderson County Heritage Museum. I served as executive director of the local Red Cross in 1997.
America is in trouble and our politicians think it is time for business as usual. That’s because the leaders of both parties created the economic disaster that threatens our future. It is also because the Obama administration is attempting to abandon the constitution in favor of big government. As a Republican I believe that my party’s response to this double whammy is equally troubling. Instead of reaching out to the voters on the basis of visionary leadership for the future of our nation, it has moved so far to the right that it is jeopardizing our ability to win the White House.
And about that business as usual bit. The politicians would rather that you didn’t think about any of the consequences of their failure to work on our behalf. They have approached this election as though it is like all the rest. Their message to you is that GOP candidates are all very conservative and reflect the same principles that you do. The problem is that they no longer share with voters the same views about conservatism. Voters actually want to know who we are, what we have done and how qualified we are by virtue of our life experience. They are more interested in our character than our pledges to do something in Washington that they have never done anywhere else.
Voters know that Washington politicians have been more interested in taking care of themselves and their friends than helping ordinary Americans, who have lots of time on their hands since their jobs have been sent overseas. They want someone with a proven track record that they can trust, not another candidate with little or no experience in any of the challenges in congress. They want a public servant whose life includes a career in the U. S. military and 20 years working in Henderson County helping local citizens. They want a candidate whose conservative values don’t come from the party platform but from a lifetime of service. They know that the three consecutive loses to the Democrats in Western North Carolina was the result of business as usual.