In the era of term limits, we usually only get contested Mayoral races in the open years. Lee Brown faced a strong challenge from Orlando Sanchez and Chris Bell in 2001, prevailing in a runoff. Many people expected Mayor Parker to face a similar challenge this year after her bare-majority win over a field of low-profile opponents in 2011. Ben Hall, who had considered running in the open year 2009, stepped up this year to make that challenge. Hall served as City Attorney under Mayor Bob Lanier, and has been in private practice since then. He represented Chad Holley after that representing victims of accused rapist/HPD officer Abraham Joseph. He has run an aggressive campaign against Mayor Parker, accusing her among other things of lacking a vision for the city. As you might imagine, that was one of the first things I asked him about in the interview. In the interview, by the way, Hall mentions that he’s showing me a chart from the Kinder Institute website. You can see the chart he showed me here. Now here’s the interview:
You can see all of my interviews as well as finance reports and other information on candidates on my 2013 Election page.