It seems that whenever we do one of these candidate profiles, there is a moment, a sentence, that just really stands out, that crystalizes the candidate or the candidacy. Here’s the one for Seth Hall, candidate for Congress from the 4th congressional district:
Why did you decide to run?
'When good people give up their fight for liberty and independence, evil will prevail. I decided it was time for me to get off the sidelines and get in the game.' – Seth Hall, candidate for Congress in the 4th CDClick To Tweet
“I looked around and realized that we are losing our liberty, our independence, and our nation. When good people give up their fight for liberty and independence, evil will prevail. I decided it was time for me to get off the sidelines and get in the game.”
Seth Hall’s back story
Seth Hall is a lifelong Kentuckian, and has lived in Oldham County since 1990. He and his spouse have three children: a woman in her late 30s whom they took in at age 12 after her family was not able to care for her, and who has given them two grandchildren; and two adopted children ages 13 and 16.
Seth works as the director of operations at the Rawlings Company. But before working there, he was in charge of building out the 1-800-Medicare service, growing it from 13 agents to thousands.
Even though Seth works in the corporate world now, he was raised on a farm, in farm country, and one of his passions is creating a better life for farmers and farm communities.
Seth Hall got involved in politics while still in high school. He was in the Young Democrats at Henry County, then continued to be involved in YDs while in college. And, of course, he has voted in every election since he turned 18.
Once he graduated from college, his career took up much of his time, so he became less involved. But, when George W. Bush was elected in 2000, Seth decided it was time get reinvolved. Since then, he has served on the Oldham County Democratic Executive Committee, and volunteered for a number of campaigns.
Seth Hall’s campaign
As noted above, Seth decided now was the time to “get in the game” and run for office. He feels that what we are doing to our government today is a travesty; our country is “actually going backwards.” And he’s concerned that Matt Bevin is building the same culture in Frankfort as what we see in Washington.
What would you say are your biggest issues?
“Rebuilding America. Growing and improving our infrastructure is key. We have to create an environment of new infrastructure – and that includes internet. Putting in both physical and digital infrastructure will give the entire state a pay raise, because of better jobs.
“You can check the economic growth section on my web site, and see my focus on infrastructure. In fact, all my policy ideas are there, listed under topic headings.”
(Editor’s note: We’ve listed the headings at the end of this profile, and you can
go to the site to read the entire list. It’s pretty comprehensive.)
“Infrastructure is important. For example, did you know that we don’t have water service run to everyone in this district?
“Universal healthcare as a basic human right is another key for me. We need to re-prop up the ACA, to stop the continuing rate increases.”
OK, that’s a long list of issues. They’re important, but Democrats tend to get trapped in bullet points. What, then, are you most passionate about? What really turns your crank?
“What turns my crank is being able to provide the services we need to the district. Our Congress people need to have town halls, they need to talk to the people.
“Massie hasn’t done that. He goes up there on Tuesday, comes home on Thursday, and doesn’t put in his time. He brings back no jobs, no projects to the district. You’ve got to work to make peoples’ lives better, and Thomas Massie hasn’t done that.”
If you could change one thing in Washington, what would it be?
“Create a better discourse on how we talk with each other. Regardless of party, our Congressional representatives should have a basic respect for all voters. Thomas Massie only respects his donors.'Our Congressional representatives should have a basic respect for all voters. Thomas Massie only respects his donors.' – Seth Hall, candidate for Congress from the 4th districtClick To Tweet
Seth Hall’s closing argument
In 1-2 sentences, tell me why I should vote for you.
“You should vote for me because I care. I’m compassionate, confident, and courageous. I’m going to go up there and work day and night to get the job done.”
- HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES – “No parent should have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” Jimmy Kimmel
- ECONOMIC GROWTH, LABOR and WORKFORCE – “Give Kentuckians a Raise”
- FREE, HIGH-QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION – “Invest in Your Future”
- EQUAL TREATMENT of ALL PEOPLE – “Be the Shining City on the Hill”
- VOTING and DEMOCRACY – “Every Citizen Votes”
- ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE and RENEWABLE ENERGY – “Protect our Planet — it is all we have”
- ETHICS and TRANSPARENCY – “Let’s Do the Right Things Right”
- HOUSING – “Lifting others up”
- IMMIGRATION – “We are all immigrants”
- JUSTICE, CIVIL RIGHTS and CIVIL LIBERTIES – “Justice is blind … but it shouldn’t be deaf”
- PUBLIC SAFETY and CRIME PREVENTION – “For a safe and healthy nation”
- SUPPORT for OUR VETERANS – “Leave no one behind”
Complete platform on Seth Hall’s web site