Former City Attorney Ben Hall, long rumored to be considering a run for mayor, said Tuesday that “It’s more likely than not” that he will run for mayor next year.
Hall has been most prominent recently as the attorney for Chad Holley. The black teenager was fleeing the scene of a burglary before falling over the hood of a police car, rolling onto his stomach and placing his hands behind his head in an incident captured on surveillance video. Then the video appears to show several Houston police officers stomping, kicking and punching the prostrate teenager. He is also the attorney for ousted county Housing Authority chief Guy Rankin.
Hall bought a home in the Memorial area in February. Hall insisted that his previous home had a Houston address that qualified him to run for mayor, but that address had apparently been a source of some controversy. Hall said part of his thinking for the home purchase was he “did not want anybody complaining about that (residency) issue even though we formerly complied with the law.”
Whatever. I’m so not ready to start thinking about 2013. Why Hall thought Election Day was a good time to float this bit of news is a mystery to me. At least the SD06 hopefuls know their election is coming up quickly. I really know nothing about Hall and have no idea how compelling a candidate he might be. I do think that 2011 may have been the better time for someone to challenge Mayor Parker, since this time around at least she has a balanced budget and no red light camera/Renew Houston distractions, but we’ll see how it goes. What do you think?