Fifth candidate enters Bend city council race

Business owner Barb Campbell filed Thursday

By Monicia Warner / The Bulletin

Published Aug 16, 2014 at 12:02AM

On Thursday, Bend business owner and local activist Barb Campbell became the fifth person to file to run for a seat on the Bend City Council. She plans to run for Councilor Scott Ramsay’s seat in the November election.

Campbell, owner of Japanese-themed store Wabi Sabi, previously ran in the 2012 election for then-Councilor Tom Greene’s seat but was defeated by opponent Victor Chudowsky.

She could not be reached for comment Friday.

According to her candidate filing, Campbell previously worked as an eighth-grade science teacher and carpenter. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and a graduate degree from Eastern Oregon University.

During her 2012 council campaign, Campbell was a proponent of keeping water and sewer rates low, making sure city planning stayed local and spending less money on economic development, according to The Bulletin archives.

Campbell also advocated for finding ways to make small cuts in city spending in order to pay for more fire and police services.

She is a co-founder of Slower Safer Bend, a traffic advocacy group formed to monitor speeding in city neighborhoods. The group worked with the city to get speed signs installed in high-traffic neighborhoods around Bend.

Campbell’s partner, Foster Fell, filed Aug. 4 to run for Mark Capell’s seat on the council.

Campbell is the only woman who has filed to run in the November election and is currently Ramsay’s only challenger.

As of Friday, Mark Capell is the only candidate who has filed verified petition signatures.

The deadline for candidates to submit signatures is Aug. 26.

— Reporter: 541-633-2117, mwarner@bendbulletin.com