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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Right after high school graduation, Stephanie Campbell began working at the Friendship House Community Center. She started the center's first etiquette class, teaching people everything from proper dress to the proper ways to greet someone.
Campbell said she had had the opportunity to go through a similar class, and she wanted to pass on the life skills to others.
She's lived in Bakersfield's Ward 1 for 60 years, and talked about her candidacy for the Bakersfield City Council Ward 1 seat Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
The special election, prompted because Rudy Salas left the seat partway through his term to serve in the state Assembly, is June 4.
Campbell said she went to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton. Her life in Bakersfield, she explained, has focused on working in the community.
"I want to be a cheerleader for the southeast area of Bakersfield," Campbell said.
She noted that the southeast area "has so many issues," from blight to crime to high unemployment.
But improvements have been made, she said: More street lights. Gutter fixes. And first one major grocery store, and now more, an effort in which she said she was involved.
"People had to travel so far to get to the nearest grocery store," Campbell said.
She was part of the start of a Safe Neighborhoods committee, she said, and now that safety program is in several local schools.
Campbell said she worked with former Bakersfield City Councilwoman Irma Carson for years.
At Ebony Counseling Center, she said, she captured a grant for pedestrian safety education, in addition to working on drug counseling efforts and education to reduce teen pregnancy.
Campbell said she'd like to bring more development to the Gateway Industrial Park, and a rail spur to attract businesses.