From Bill Hall, County Commissioner
COMMISSIONER BILL HALL FILES FOR RE-ELECTION
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall has filed to run for re-election in 2016. Hall, a Newport resident since 1987, was first elected in 2004 and has since been re-elected twice.
“I have a solid record of accomplishment, but there is a lot of work ahead,” Hall said. “This has by far been the most challenging and rewarding job I’ve ever had. I’m grateful that the voters of Lincoln County have given me the honor of serving them, and I hope they continue to do so.”
Hall said county government successfully weathered the economic downturn and is now poised to tackle several projects, including redevelopment of the county Fairgrounds and construction of a new Health and Human Services clinic building in Newport.
“I’ve always believed that it’s local government’s obligation to give people the best services they’re willing and able to pay for. We’ve done that. We’ve prioritized the basics, and we’ve worked with the public to find solutions to challenges, like continuing funding for animal services. That was just one example of how we’ve partnered with the public and other government entities to build a better Lincoln County.”
Hall said he’s also proud of his role in expanding services to veterans, in creating the Drug Court and Mental Health Court, and in promoting expansion of the county parks system and the county transit system and advocacy for housing and homeless services.
“Very little of what’s accomplished in government is accomplished alone,” Hall said. “But thanks to strong relationships with our local, state and federal partners, we’ve been able to play a role in many good things that have happened in the county, from bringing in the NOAA fleet to the Toledo boatyard expansion, the new OMSI camp, and more. I appreciate this county’s can-do spirit.”
In addition to his work in the county, Hall said he’s been a significant voice for Lincoln County’s needs at the regional and state levels, serving on the boards of the Early Learning Council, the Coordinated Care Organization, the state Drug and Alcohol Council, the state Ending Homelessness Advisory Council, and many others. He has been recognized for his advocacy work for housing needs. Hall is only the fourth commissioner in Lincoln County history to be elected by his peers to a statewide leadership position in the Association of Oregon Counties.
Hall was born and went to school in Portland. Prior to being elected to the county commission, he spent more than twenty-five years in radio and newspaper work. He lives in Newport with his wife and daughter.