Hall set to run for Congress in 2014 | TheUnion.com

Hall set to run for Congress in 2014

Less than one month removed from the 2012 general election, one candidate has already announced for the 2014 race, citing the need to generate the necessary funds to be competitive.

Heidi Hall, a Grass Valley resident who works for the California Department of Water Resources, has announced her official candidacy for the District 1 Congress seat, which is currently occupied by Wally Herger and will be assumed by Doug LaMalfa, who won his November bid to represent Northern California’s constituents at the national level.

She will run on the Democratic ticket.

When asked why she announced her candidacy in a period where most are still recovering from a pronounced election hangover, she replied:

“Money in politics has changed the entire game.”

To compete in a district that has historically been a Republican stronghold, Hall said she felt she needed a jump start.

“If you want to have enough money to do a thorough job (of running a campaign), you need to start early,” she said. “So my assessment was I needed to get my name out there, my voice out there and my issues out there.”

Hall positions herself as socially progressive and fiscally moderate.

“On issues of rights, I believe in the rights of all of us — freedom to live the life we want,” she said. “I believe in rights for women, immigrants and gays, and so I’m progressive on those issues. When it comes to fiscal issues, which I really think is what the business of the government is, I consider myself a moderate. I think we need to control spending and have a more efficient government and probably smaller in a number of ways.”

Hall grew up in Pleasant Hill in the Bay Area, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School. She went on to earn a degree in international relations at Pomona College in Southern California and earned two graduate degrees, including a master’s degree in international relations at Columbia University and a master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers.

Hall has not held public office but asserted her qualifications include her educational background and her ability to stay conversant with policy issues.

“National and international issues are my passion, and I have experience dealing with regional issues through my work,” Hall said.

LaMalfa, a Republican from Richvale, is too extreme in his conservative views to adequately represent the region, Hall said.

“This district is ready for something fresh and new,” she said. “Doug LaMalfa has an unfortunate history. I’m surprised the Republicans wanted him to be their candidate rather than some of the more moderate candidates they could’ve chosen.”

LaMalfa’s propensity for signing no-pledges and his comments surrounding abortion demonstrates he “doesn’t represent what people in this region want,” she said.

Two other major planks for Hall include providing affordable health care for everyone in America and tackling the escalating costs of higher education.

Visit http://www.HeidiHallForCongress.com for information.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4239.

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