• Kampe declares for mayor of Pacific Grove

    Mayor Pro Tempore Bill Kampe announced March 14 that he intends to run for mayor of Pacific Grove in the November, 2012 election. Kampe won his City Council seat in 2008 with 4098 votes, more than 1300 more than the next highest vote-getter. His pledge then was to stand behind and renew Pacific Grove.
    Today, Kampe says, “Despite troubled times, we are making progress on many issues.” He seeks to continue that progress, he says, and to provide “clear and positive leadership.”
    He said, “I’m committed to maintaining our environment and the simple charm and essential character of our town. We need and deserve a vibrant community, both in the activities for our residents, and in the economic activities that support our quality of life.”
    As of March 14, Kampe is the only person who has taken out papers with the city declaring his intention to run. Two other city council members have hinted that they would be interested in running but have not made public the announcement. The deadline, at this juncture, is a long way off.
    As well as serving as Mayor Pro Tempore, Kampe is city council liaison to the Planning commission and the Architectural Review Board. He is Pacific Grove’s representative on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority board as well.
    Kampe, a Navy veteran, worked for 35 years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, rising to senior management positions.
    Kampe agrees that downtown revitalization is vital, but he believes that a fast food ordinance is “not a winning battle.” He would like to see business downtown that would bring traffic to existing businesses downtown as well.
    He is an active member of the Pacific Grove Rotary Club and spearheaded the project to renovate the Gazebo in Jewell Park. His wife, Cheryl, is a fine artist.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 14, 2012

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