Coral Springs Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell has died at the age of 69.

Campbell became mayor in 2014, but he had been living in Coral Springs for more than 30 years.

Campbell also ran as the Democratic nominee for Florida attorney general in 2006 but lost to former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum.

In a statement Wednesday morning, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Campbell a “giant” of justice and public service.

“He was my seat mate in the Florida Senate and was quick-witted, fun-loving, and always ready to reach across the aisle or bridge a divide to solve problems,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Tuesday night, Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida Governor, said: “Sending my condolences tonight to the family of Coral Springs Mayor and former Senator Skip Campbell, a statesman in the Sunshine State.”

Former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said: “Skip was a great public servant, lawyer, leader, mentor, and role model to many. Skip was truly special, and his passing is a tremendous loss to our community and the State. May God bless Skip and his family.”

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