The 24-year-old Hall is running as a write-in candidate for a spot on the Grand Haven school board. On the surface, it’s wonderful that this ambitious, driven young man wants to devote his time to helping out the school district from which he graduated just a few years ago.
But Hall has a few strikes against him.
He was first elected to the Grand Haven school board back in 2009, at the ripe young age of just 18. He brought fresh new ideas to the table, but then he was convicted of stealing $750 after organizing T-shirt sales for the school’s Bucs Pride game to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Hall was sentenced to two years’ probation, and he resigned from the board a few months later.
During that time, he threw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the state House 89th District, which includes the Tri-Cities area, while around the same time serving a jail sentence for violating his probation by testing positive for marijuana.
Hall wasn’t done. His appetite for politics proved insatiable, so he latched on with school board member Chris Houghtaling, who let Hall help him circulate petitions during Houghtaling’s run for Ottawa County district judge.
When Houghtaling’s signature drive came up short, Hall was accused of taking matters into his own hands and forging several signatures. Those charges are currently pending.
Now Hall begs forgiveness and wants to work his way back into the good graces of voters across our community.
The Tribune doesn’t support or denounce candidates. We simply urge our readers to do their homework and make sure they understand who or what they’re voting for as election time nears.
To his defense, Hall is still young. Many of the mistakes that he’s still paying for were made when he was a teenager. Perhaps he deserves another chance, perhaps he doesn’t — that will be up to voters to decide.
Unlike baseball, in politics, you can step back up to the plate, regardless of how many strikes you have against you. The question is, will voters in Grand Haven give Hall a free pass for his past transgressions?
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