Former State Senator to Run for Mayor of Coral Springs


Former State Senator Skip Campbell on 60 Minutes in 2005

By: Buddy Nevins

Former Democratic State Senator Skip Campbell is about to reenter elective politics with a race for mayor of Coral Springs, numerous sources say.

Campbell has told political sources he will file for office this week.

The mayor’s position became vacant when former Mayor Roy Gold dropped out of the race in June three days after filing.

City law required the city then set a second filing period for the mayor’s election, which is this week. The last day of the filing period is Friday, July 18.

Commissioner Tom Powers, who filed in June, remains in the race and will be Campbell’s opponent.

Campbell said earlier this year he was exploring a race to return to the state Senate in 2016. That’s when the current state Sen. Jeremy Ring, who represents Coral Springs, is termed out.

Some sources believe that Campbell is running for mayor to position himself for the future senate race.

“Nobody remembers Skip Campbell,” one source said. “I believe he is doing this to reacquaint himself with voters prior to 2016. He really wants back in the Senate.”

A civil trial attorney in the firm of Krupnick Campbell in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Campbell is 65. He served from 1998-2006. In 2006, he the Democratic nominee in a race for Florida Attorney General, which he lost to Republican Bill McCollum.

Campbell was reported in trial and could not be reached for comment.


Buddy Nevins is a New York City native who has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. He covered Florida politics since the early 1970s for The Fort Lauderdale News and then for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, writing a column which offered a peek behind closed doors.

Other than politics, Nevins is the winner of numerous state and national prizes for his investigations into cruise ship safety, airport construction, the brokerage industry, boiler room fraud and other subjects.

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