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- Campbell ran for the Florida Senate as a Democrat in 1996, winning a seat representing the northwestern part of Broward County.
Walter “Skip” Campbell, who spent a decade serving as a member of the Florida Senate from Broward County before being elected the mayor of Coral Springs, has died at the age of 69.
The city issued a statement confirming Campbell’s passing as city manager Michael Goodrum called Campbell a “dedicated public servant, a man of the people.”
Born in Queens, New York in 1948, Campbell moved to South Florida as a teenager before attending the University of Florida and receiving both his bachelor’s and law degrees. After starting a successful law career, Campbell ran for the Florida Senate as a Democrat in 1996, winning a seat representing the northwestern part of the county.
Campbell ran without opposition in 2000 and won again in 2002 during a special election for a newly redrawn district that included Coral Springs, Sunrise, Parkland among other cities.
Forced out due to term limits, Campbell rank for Florida Attorney General in 2006 where he won the Democratic Party nomination before losing in the general election. After considering several runs for a spot back in the Senate, Campbell instead ran for mayor of Coral Springs – where he lived for nearly four decades – in 2014 and won with 56 percent of the vote while being re-elected in 2016.
Campbell leaves behind a wife and two children. No information has been released regarding funeral arrangements.