Campbell tipped to be the next Mayor

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy along with (L-R) Derry City Council Deputy Mayor Clr Kevin Campbell, Deirdre Mackle DRD Roads Service and Russell Eddis FP McCann Ltd, today opens the �1.67m Madams Bank Road reconstruction scheme in Londonderry.'Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy along with (L-R) Derry City Council Deputy Mayor Clr Kevin Campbell, Deirdre Mackle DRD Roads Service and Russell Eddis FP McCann Ltd, today opens the �1.67m Madams Bank Road reconstruction scheme in Londonderry.'Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

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Creggan Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell is set to be named as the Mayor of Derry for the first half of the City of Culture celebrations.

Councillor Campbell is likely to get the nod from his party for the top job in the coming weeks ahead of Derry City Council’s Annual General Meeting on June 4th.

Sinn Féin is remaining tight-lipped on the growing speculation but senior party sources have indicated that the Creggan man will be the party’s choice.

The new Mayor will take up the position from the night of the Council AGM and will be the city’s First Citizen for the first six months of the City of Culture celebrations in 2013.

Colr Campbell is currently the Deputy Mayor of Derry and has carried out many engagements deputising for the Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney.

The Creggan councillor was first elected onto Derry City Council in 2005 for the Cityside electoral area and was re-elected in the local government elections last year.

Irish speaker

Colr Campbell is a fluent Irish speaker and has taught Irish language classes in a community setting for a number of years. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir.

A former republican prisoner, Colr Campbell is also a community worker and works with the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team in Creggan.