GLENS FALLS -- Jim Campinell began his U.S. Postal Service career in 1966 delivering mail in the East End of Glens Falls.
Letter carriers worked on foot with pushcarts back then, and at the end of the route would watch for the parcel post truck to come by to catch a ride back to the post office, he said.
Campinell will be walking door-to-door in the neighborhoods again next year when he runs for an open seat on the Glens Falls Common Council, representing the city’s 1st Ward.
"I’ve got long roots in the ward," said Campinell, a Democrat, who lived on Prospect Street as a child.
The 71-year-old retired postal worker lives now at the Robert J. Cronin High Rise senior citizen apartment complex on Ridge Street.
He said he wants to bring a senior citizen’s perspective to city government.
After he retired from the Postal Service in 1997, he worked as a driver for a senior transportation program in Wilton and Greenfield, and later as a bus driver for The Landing, an assisted-living facility in Queensbury.
"I’ve got quite a history with seniors," he said.
Campinell is the first candidate to announce for the open seat, which will be on the ballot in November for a four-year term.
Current 1st Ward Councilman Mike Busch, a Democrat, has reached term limits and cannot run for re-election.
The Glens Falls Republican Committee has not yet identified a candidate for the 1st Ward race, said city Republican Chairman Harold "Bud" Taylor.
Campinell said it is his first run for elected office, but he has held leadership posts in the National Association of Letter Carriers labor union and is quartermaster with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2475 in Glens Falls.
He was a U.S. Navy medic from 1959 to 1963.
Campinell said city 1st Ward Supervisor Dan Girard, a Democrat, recruited him to run.
"I’m not really that familiar with the issues yet. But I will definitely learn them," he said. "It’s going to be a whole new chapter in my life."
The 1st Ward seat is one of five council seats that will be open next year because of term limits.
In the 2nd Ward, Democrat Bill Collins, a local businessman and staff organizer with Special Olympics New York, and real estate broker Patti Gray Whann, an independent, have announced their candidacies.
In the 4th Ward, Republican Scott Endieveri, co-owner of The Bullpen bar on Glen Street, is planning to run, Taylor, the city Republican chairman, said.
In the 5th Ward, Republican James Clark, a Glen Falls school board member, has said he is considering running.
Democrat Lee Braggs, vice president of the Glens Falls NAACP branch, is considering running in the 5th Ward, city Democratic Chairman Roy Thomas has said.
No candidates have been identified yet in the 3rd Ward.
Mayor John "Jack" Diamond and Councilman at-large Dan Hall, both Democrats, have said they are running for re-election next year.
Both are completing their first four-year terms and are eligible to run for re-election.
The City Charter limits Common Council members to two consecutive four-year terms in the same office.