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Gulfport woman cites experience

Colleen Camp doesn't have a long fancy resume. But she does haveexperience - 48 years of it as a single parent and business owner in Gulfport. That's why she thinks that she can serve the people well as a City Council member.

Camp is running for the Ward 3 City Council seat held by Patricia Rondeau. Earl Pence and Clyde Johnson are running for the same seat in a March 6 election.

"The experience that I have gathered over the 48 years I've lived in this community and the love I have for Gulfport," she said, "are great qualifications for serving on the Gulfport City Council."

Camp said she would like to see better lighting on the city's public beach, more police officers on the city streets, better maintenance of the storm drains and more prudent spending practices.

The city is expected to get $280,000 in the first year of the penny sales tax increase, Camp said. She wants the money spent in ways that will improve the economic base of the city.

"We need absolutely to spend that money wisely and not let it be frittered away on pet projects that get momentary attention," she said.

Camp, 61, is divorced and has three adult sons. She has worked as a real estate associate for Steve Doss Realty for 12 years. Previously, she owned and managed Colleen's Beauty Shop and Colleen's Market in Gulfport. Camp is active in the Gulfport Historical Society. She also served on the City Charter update committee and on the city's Board of Adjustment for two years, she said.

This is Camp's first campaign for elected office.