David B. Campbell '79-3 is no longer your average Winthrop House resident. As of last night he is also an elected official--a New Hampshire state representative.
Campbell, a Democrat, faced two Republican incumbents, a two-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate and an incumbent's younger brother. Only three of the five candidates could be elected to represent the Newport district, Campbell's hometown, in the 1979 New Hampshire State Legislature.
The New Hampshire State Legislature is comprised of one representative for every 2000 people, making it the world's third-largest democratic body after Parliament and Congress. This grass-roots government makes it easier for students, like Campbell, to win public office.
The second-semester junior, who declared last June, spent all but two weekends since registration wooing votes. Campbell conducted a door-to-door compaign and enlisted 25 friends to help him write more than 1300 letters. In all, the campaign cost him $650--for stamps, bumperstickers and "beer to feed friends."
However the cost could continue to rise. Due to the victory the beer will continue to flow for some time in Campbell's H-entry suite. As roommate Kevin Noughton said last week, "This is only the tip of the iceberg of the political career of David B. Campbell."
Campbell will take spring semester off in order to represent Newport in Concord, N.H.for the '79 session of the New Hampshire state legislature.