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Mayoral candidate profile: Aislynn Campbell

Posted at 5:04 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 19:52:49-04

Aislynn Campbell never saw herself getting into politics.  She’d never run for any office, but says supporters compelled her to run for mayor because they didn’t like the direction the city is headed in.

“To see that our current mayor was going to run somewhat unopposed, I just couldn’t let that happen, and neither could a more vast network that can be imagined,” said Campbell.

A graduate of Gregory-Portland High School, Del Mar College, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Campbell has spent most of her life in the Coastal Bend, and considers herself a community activist and advocate.

“That’s exactly what I’ve done my entire adult professional life in this community, work for this community and the betterment of this community,” she said.

To that end, Campbell helped start the non profit Grow Local South Texas in 2013.

If elected mayor, Campbell wants to create what she calls a “consensus of respect and trust” between all city departments.  That starts with the selection of our next city manager.

“In the next term, the most important thing the city council can do is to select a strong, steady city manager,” said Campbell.  “We need to get back to the idea that our city manager is the person who is in charge of managing our city.”

Campbell feels the city isn’t on track, so she wants the next city manager to agree to a long-term contract, in order to steer city government back where she thinks it should be.

Campbell calls Corpus Christi’s aging infrastructure the city’s biggest problem. If elected, Campbell says she’d look for ways to pay for projects without asking the public to approve more bonds.

“We’re increasing our debt bubble with our bonds,” said Campbell.  “We’re increasing our taxes, and we’re increasing our utilities.”

Campbell says she’s made a career of listening to the people, now she says it’s time city hall started listening as well.

“We’re not communicating with our citizenry, we’re not listening to them,” said Campbell.  “Sometimes people just want to be heard.”