Local attorney Melissa Hall has announced her plans to run for city council in District 6.
Hall joins a crowded campaign field — 11 total candidates, at our current count. A transplant from Virginia, she says she and her wife moved to Seattle for its progressive qualities, tech environment, and to start a family. She’s currently working as an attorney with her own law firm, Smol Law PLLC, but recently worked as a floodplain specialist in Virginia, and in emergency management and as an attorney for the State of Florida.
She describes herself as a “land-use geek” looking to add urban density and more options for housing the homeless.
“We need to look at housing insecurity in all its forms. Affordability is part of this but it is not the only reason people feel like they might have to move when they don’t want to,” Hall writes on her campaign website, Hall4Six. “This worry drains energy and time; it prevents people from investing time energy and love in the place they live. And that hurts everyone.”
Hall is running independent from mainstream political parties. Rather, she says she’s a member of what she calls the Potluck Party: “While I deeply respect the work that mainstream and less mainstream political parties do in statewide and national races, I am not sure that affiliation makes sense for someone who is pledging first to represent a small group of local people in mostly local decisions.”
To learn more about Hall and and to stay updated on her campaign, visit her website.
We’ll be posting about each candidate as we connect with those who have announced their campaigns — stay tuned.