If you want to hear Jackie Campbell’s opinion, all you have to do is ask. Having served as a council member for two years, she said that she is sometimes seen as the rebel of the Holly Village Council because she will always share her thoughts, and takes pride in standing up for what she believes in.
What is your view on your job as a council member? Everybody knows but I am very black and white. I am very much believing in our oath of office. We are to represent and be the voice of the people, but we are also here to uphold the law. Too many people have tried to in the past, have voted on an issue based on their own personal feelings, and we are not supposed to. We are supposed to vote based on facts and the guidelines of the law. We’ve got legislative body all the way up into Washington that thinks they are above the law, but they’re not. We are held in a higher standard because we are supposed to set the example of the law. The law is there for everyone.
Why did you first decide to run to become a council member? I really wanted to make a change and a difference. I felt as though I wasn’t being represented correctly, and I wanted more for our town. I wanted us to get back into the accordance of the law. We needed change, and we needed people to understand the law, our charter, and to let the people speak and be heard.
Do you think you have managed to help bring about the change you wanted? We have come a long way in the past two years. We have come a long, long way. We brought back more law and order; sometimes it’s not a popular decision. It doesn’t matter how we feel, we must uphold the law. There are a lot of things we have accomplished. We inherited some very poor issues with our past manager and litigation issues. For myself, I started the program for the American flags, and my goal is to hit every main street with an American flag to show our patriotism and especially with the national cemetery. I fought hard to follow our charter and to clean up stuff. It’s not just me though, it’s been our manager and the council and the whole administration. We have cleaned up a lot of crap and a lot of lies. I have to commend every one of our staff members, including our city manager, for going the extra miles — not mile, miles, plural, and giving a thousand and one percent to listen to the citizens, their respect and high morals.
Do you have a favorite part of Holly? Absolutely. That’s the people that live here. The people that volunteer because they care about this community, there are even a lot of young people that care and get involved. I have seen the very best of Holly growing up, and I have seen its very worst. I myself would like to see the very best again.
I have been told you used to work in the medical field, has that experience helped your work as a council member? Yes it has. I was in the medical field and in nursing, until I was involved in a really bad automobile accident and I couldn’t work the floor any more, and then I went back to school to become a medical biller and I’m now retired. I was able to reach out to indignant people and seniors who couldn’t or didn’t understand their insurance and how it worked, especially if they were part of an HMO. I would help them, and get them their medication.
How do you stay in touch with the people you represent? I have an open door policy here at my house — friend or foe, it doesn’t matter. They come to my house or they call me, I will be there and answer their questions or find them someone that can answer their questions. I always follow up and make certain that person is cared for.