Kelvin Hall graduated from Portland State's College of Urban and Public Affairs in 1990.
This article originally appeared in the Oregonian.
Kelvin Hall, a Northeast Portland master's student at Concordia University, is taking his second stab at the District 2 seat, after losing in 2008 to Serena Cruz Walsh. Hall says he wants to “lend an independent voice” to discussions about county issues. Specifically, he wants to advocate for jobs. He says he has no qualms with Loretta Smith, but thinks he could provide a better vision for the county.
The Oregonian asked all four candidates the same five questions about their plans for District 2. We hope their answers help readers compare their options before filling out a ballot. Here are Hall's responses to our questionnaire:
Why are you running?
I’ve taken on this journey for a second time after having ran for this seat in 2008 for one reason. To lend an independent voice on issues that impact our city. Let me tell you how I came to be here. I have served as a public advocate for more than 20 years. I have worked with church groups and various community stakeholders on countless issues. It was in these neighborhoods that I received the best education I ever had, and where I learned the true meaning of servant leadership. It was here I learned to disagree without being disagreeable -- that it's possible to compromise so long as you know those principles that can never be compromised; and that so long as parties are willing to listen to each other, we can assume the best in people instead of the worst.
What, in your opinion, is the most important issue in your district right now?
2. Clarity around key public policy issues.
Do you have any specific objections to Loretta Smith’s approach to the office?
Commissioner Smith has done the best job possible from her lens, however I believe my vision can provide greater detail and long term sustainability to both district two and the rest of the county.
If you win, what will be your first priority in office?
Meet with citizens in all districts to hear concerns and formulate a plan based on the feedback.
What changes, if any, do you think the county could make to better serve its constituents?
Make decisions based on long term benefit of citizens versus political negotiations based on self-interest.