Brandon Hall, 24, said he decided to run for the board seat when he realized nobody else had filed for the position.
“I didn’t plan to do this,” he said. “But this is an opportunity to finish my term.
Hall said he felt like he has a lot to offer to the community, and he had a lot to offer back then, but he made some mistakes.
“Remember I was a teenager,” he said. “I was arrogant and ignorant before. I tried to take on too much. I was humbled big time.”
A jury convicted Hall in February 2010 of larceny by conversion after he took money from an American Cancer Society fundraiser. He served two years of probation and performed 60 hours of community service.
Before his sentencing, then-Grand Haven school board vice chairman Chris Houghtaling asked the judge to ban Hall from appearing on school property and at school events, with the exception of school board meetings.
Instead, the judge ruled Hall can go onto school property and appear at school events as a private citizen, but he cannot do so as a representative of the school board for the duration of his probation.
Attempts to contact Houghtaling for comment were unsuccessful.
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