UNION — A Columbia businessman brought his campaign for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor to Union County Thursday afternoon and discussed the experience that he says prepared him to oversee the State Office on Aging.
Mike Campbell is one of four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 10 primary. For the past week, Campbell has been making a campaign swing throughout the state with the goal of visiting everyone of South Carolina’s 46 counties in the space of a week.
“We’re doing a 46-county tour in seven days,” Campbell said. “Union is our 38th stop. The reason we’re doing this is I don’t think there’s any substitute for person contact.”
Campbell visited the Dairi-O Thursday afternoon and during his visit discussed how his experiences have prepared him to take on the duty of overseeing the State Office on Aging.
“The main reason I’m running for lieutenant governor is that the only real responsibility the lieutenant governor has that he can actually have a say so is overseeing the Office on Aging which deals with all seniors issues in the state,” Campbell said. “Why I think I’m quality to do that is when my father, Carroll Campbell, was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s me and my family got heavily involved with the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association. During that process I saw firsthand the effects the disease had on my father, but also the toll it took on my mother as my father’s sole caregiver.
“As a result of that, we helped develop programs to offer relief to caregivers that cannot financially afford any assistance with in-home care,” he said. “One such program we helped create was the Carroll Campbell Respite Program. Having this experience I feel like I’ve already dealt with one of the most prevalent issues our seniors face.”
(Carroll Campbell represented the U.S. Fourth Congressional district which at the time included Union County from 1979-1987. Campbell was governor of South Carolina from 1987-1995. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001 and was admitted to a long-term care facility for Alzheimer’s patients in August 2005. He died that December of a heart attack.)
In addition to the experience of having to deal with his father’s illness and its impact on his family and their subsequent efforts to help others facing similar situations, Campbell said his background enables him to bring a different perspective to the office of lieutenant governor.
“I feel like I bring a unique perspective to the office because I’ve never served in office before nor have I run for a bunch of different offices,” Campell said. “However, I’m not a novice to government. I’ve been exposed to it my entire life and learned from one of the greatest leaders our state has ever had, but will still bring an outside businessman’s perspective to the office.”