Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall has filed to run for re-election. Hall, the senior member of the board of commissioners, was first elected in 2004 and has been re-elected three times. “When I first ran for this job, I said it was the county’s responsibility to make our communities safer, healthier and more prosperous, and I continue to make those goals my priority,” she said. “I’m running on a record of solid achievements, as well as a vision to carry the county into the future.”
Hall cited her leadership on housing and homeless issues on the local and state levels, which helped fund construction of a 110-unit apartment complex opening later this summer in Newport, a 21-unit complex in Yachats, and nearly tripled funding for emergency housing assistance statewide. Commissioner Hall is a member of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, the main state body setting housing policy and advising the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department.
During her more than 15 years in office, Hall has represented the county on a number of regional, state and national boards and committees. “I was proud to be president of the Oregon Association of Counties (AOC) in 2017. AOC is an organization that represents elected officials across the political spectrum, and I appreciated their vote of confidence in my fairness and even-handedness.”
Hall says she will continue to improve services for people with mental illness and substance abuse issues who are involved in the criminal justice system. A three-year, $745,000 federal grant to help launch expanded services was the first major
accomplishment in this effort, Hall said.
Hall is a native Oregonian and has lived in Lincoln County since 1987. She worked in print and broadcast journalism before being elected to county office.