Nick Cambron is a Democrat running for Daviess County commissioner in the Central District.
- Date of birth: Aug. 12, 1957
- Occupation: Real estate agent with Audubon Realty (5 years); former owner of Owensboro Body Shop (35 years)
- Elected offices held: None
- Education: Owensboro High School; some college at KWC and Brescia
- Family: Wife, Margaret Cambron; children Chris Cambron and John Cambron
- Address: 3305 Taylor Road East, Philpot
Coverage in the Messenger-Inquirer
- April 23, 2010 - “Four candidates vie for Daviess Fiscal Court central district commission nod” by James Mayse
The four Democratic candidates running for the Daviess Fiscal Court Central District commission seat say they are concerned about economic development and will listen to the public if elected.
The Central District position is being vacated by Bruce Kunze, who is running as a Democrat for the office of county judge-executive. Kunze’s departure makes the race a truly open competition since Kunze was elected in 1998.
The Democrats are Nick Cambron, Stephen Hardesty, Michael Koger and Harold Wilson. The candidate that wins the Democratic primary will face either incumbent Charlie Castlen or Joseph Schultz — the Republicans vying for their party’s nomination — in November.
Cambron, a real estate agent for former owner of Owensboro Body Shop, said he wants to bring new ideas to Fiscal Court.
“I feel there are different ways of thinking about things, allowing people different opportunities to voice their opinions,” Cambron said. A goal, he said, is to “get people involved (and) at least make people feel they’re part of the process.
“I think our past commissioner and judge-executive have done a good job, but it’s time for new faces,” Cambron said. “Twelve years is a long time.”
Cambron said to increase public participation, Fiscal Court could hold meetings outside the county courthouse.
“I feel sometimes people are intimidated about coming to Fiscal Court to voice their opinion,” Cambron said. “I think Fiscal Court should come to them.
“I think … instead of having work sessions at Fiscal Court, maybe we could have work sessions at the community center,” Cambron said.
The current Fiscal Court held monthly breakfast meetings in different parts of the county and has held forums in other areas to discuss issues.
Cambron has served on the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce board of directors, is a former chairman of C-LINK and a former member of the state’s executive branch ethics commission. Cambron is executive treasurer for the I-69 Seven State Coalition.
Cambron said the county needs to continue working with other counties to bolster economic development.
“We just need to think more regionally,” he said. “It’s not just us. It’s all of us. I think the chamber (of commerce) now is starting to meet regularly with the Spencer County chamber of commerce and that’s a good thing.”
Cambron said he would also look to promote the river’s economic development potential and said he would want to work to bring a National Guard air unit to the airport. …
James Mayse, 691-7303
- Nov. 11, 2009 - “Warren to seek father’s old seat Filings set up Democratic primary for commissioner” by James Mayse
A second candidate filed for Daviess Fiscal Court’s Western District seat Tuesday, setting up a contest for the Democratic nomination.
Johnny Warren, the son of former county Commissioner David Warren, filed his papers and announced his candidacy Tuesday at the Daviess County Courthouse. Warren’s filing sets up a primary contest between him and Sharon Castle, who filed to run for the seat Monday.
Also on Tuesday, Nick Cambron filed papers to run for Fiscal Court’s Central District position, making him the first to enter that race. Meanwhile, Daviess County Property Valuation Administrator Sandy Dawdy filed her papers to run for a second term of office. …
Cambron is a businessman and former chairman of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. A Democrat, Cambron filed to run for the central district seat being vacated by Bruce Kunze. Last week, Kunze filed his papers to run for county judge-executive.
“I’ve thought about it for the past two or three years,” Cambron said. “The timing is right, with Bruce not running.”
Cambron worked for more than 35 years for the family business, Owensboro Body Shop, before becoming a real estate agent. In addition to serving on the chamber of commerce, Cambron served 12 years as a member of the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, which included service as vice chairman. Cambron is also a former chairman of C-LINK, an organization that represents 12 regional chambers of commerce.
“I’ve had a lot of community involvement, so I felt it’s time for me to step up to the plate and make a difference,” Cambron said.
As a county commissioner, Cambron said he would focus on issues such as transportation and economic development and look for new approaches to county issues.
“One of the things I’ve worked on that are a passion for me is transportation,” Cambron said. “We need better roads in and out (of the county). … We need interstate status.” C-LINK has been an advocate for designating the Audubon and Natcher parkways as interstate spurs.
When businesses look at locating in Daviess County, “one of the first questions they have is, `Are you within 20 to 25 miles of an interstate?’ ” Cambron said.
Working on chamber initiatives “gave me a big insight … on how to get things done,” Cambron said.
Cambron said he would also want to find new ways citizens could be involved in issues before county government. Cambron said he would also want to work with city officials on ways both governments could increase public participation.
“I think there are other opportunities … to have more open forums around the city and county,” Cambron said.
James Mayse, 691-7303