HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Spence Campbell, Republican candidate for Congress in the Eleventh District of North Carolina, today said that Western North Carolina Republicans should pay close attention to the results of the South Carolina presidential primary. “Our neighboring state sent us all a message on Saturday: having money and a sense of ‘inevitability’ doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win.”
Mitt Romney outspent Newt Gingrich by a two to one margin but finished a distant second. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul both tried to label themselves as the most conservative candidates and finished well behind both Gingrich and Romney.
The Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries have yielded three different winners. Campbell said that showed that voters aren’t influenced by “high dollar Madison Avenue campaigns” or “simplified labels.”
“I’ve met a lot of people during my travels around Western North Carolina. Folks don't care about a candidate because he has the most money. South Carolina’s primary tells us that politics as usual doesn’t work anymore. Voters think their elected representatives are working for themselves, not the people they represent. My campaign is about restoring the relationship between the elected and the people and rebuilding the bond of trust between the government and the governed.”
Campbell attended the University of Tennessee where he met and married his wife Marianne, a native of Hendersonville. He graduated in 1966 and was commissioned into the United States Army to begin a career as a military intelligence officer. Campbell served in Vietnam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, and Heidelberg, as well as the United States. In 1992 he retired as a colonel and moved to Hendersonville, where he involved himself in several nonprofits and worked in the family business, Ewbank & Ewbank Insurance and Real Estate.
Campbell has 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. He served as executive director of the local Red Cross in 1997.