With wife Carol delivering the candidacy paperwork to the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Bill Hall has filed for re-election to the Lincoln County Commission. Hall recently took a tumble on some slippery ground along the Bay Road and broke his leg rather severely. He’s home recuperating from surgery and will have his mobility rather restricted for the next few months.
Hall told News Lincoln County that he’s filing for a third term because while the job of Lincoln County Commissioner is very challenging and demanding, it’s the most satisfying job he’s ever enjoyed in his life. He said “I enjoy working with good people both in and outside of county government, and I want to keep going.”
Hall said that major county accomplishments over his first two terms include the creation of Drug and Mental Health Courts, the construction of special government assisted housing that is frequently the one element that gets people off the street, providing a good roof over the heads of their families and helping them find employment, thereby turning them into productive taxpayers. Other accomplishments he’s proud of includes the establishing of 211, the assistance “go to” phone number that links people in emergency situations with the services they desperately need. Also, the preservation of at least base level social and psychological services for those who can’t afford to pay but whose needs are great. Hall also pointed to the creation of a Veterans Clinic in Newport (the first of its kind in the country) so veterans don’t have to drive to Roseburg, Salem or Portland for routine medical services. Hall says he’s also proud of the county’s role in providing regularly scheduled transit service between the coast and Corvallis and points north.
Hall says he doesn’t expect his re-election to be a shoe-in. He says he expects rival candidates will throw their hat into the ring between now and next Tuesday at 6pm, the deadline for filing for the May 15th election.