ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Democratic State Representative Jeff Hall announced on Thursday that he will be running for Mayor of Alexandria. This is the second time Hall will run for the position.
In an exclusive KALB interview, Hall announced he will qualify to run next week for the November 6 election. Hall is so far the only candidate to officially announce, however current Mayor Jacques Roy (D) is expected to run for his fourth consecutive term.
In the 2014 mayoral race, Hall finished second in a field of five with 5,106 votes compared to Roy's 7,787. Roy narrowly skirted a runoff with 51 percent of the vote. Hall then won a landslide victory in the February 2015 special election for State Representative Dist. 26 with 84 percent of the vote.
"I think today I would make a better leader and mayor today after three and a half years as a legislator than I would have three and a half years ago," said Hall.
Hall said he will focus on environmental justice, economic development, public safety and crime as well as "enhancing" utility configuration.
"I love doing what I'm doing right now, but I still see a tremendous amount to do in the community I live in," said Hall. "I think we can make some differences and I think we will make some differences if it's God's will that I go in."
Hall is a Peabody High School and Grambling State graduate. He worked at Cleco for 32 years as a Senior Vice President, and later for the City of Alexandria as a clerk, accountant and Assistant Internal Auditor.