Another challenger seeks US House District 27

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Dec. 6, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Dec. 7, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

A Corpus Christi mediator is challenging U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold for his seat in Congress.

Jerry Hall, 66, a Republican, filed paperwork this week to seek Texas' 27th Congressional District. Hall currently works as a mediator who trains government agencies in the mediation process, he said.

If elected, he said he plans to help working-class families materialize the American dream, he said.

"I can relate to most people in this district," said Hall. "I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth; I'm not an attorney; I'm not an elitist."

During an interview, Hall criticized his opponent's behavior, condemning Farenthold's use of taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim. Last week, Politico reported Farenthold used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a claim against him from his former spokeswoman.

Monday, Farenthold said he would pay the money back.

"You did the crime; you pay for it," said Hall. "We don't need representatives that are disrespectful to anyone."

Hall is the second candidate to announce a challenge to incumbent Farenthold. Former Victoria County GOP chairman Michael Cloud announced in October that he will also seek the seat.

Hall's campaign website said he plans to "fight to bring God back to the forefront in our lives in schools, in our courthouses and in our government."

In an interview, Hall said his priorities include reforming Social Security and Medicare, which currently don't leave seniors with the monthly income needed to make ends meet, he said.

Addressing illegal immigration is also on Hall's list, he said.

But he doesn't think a physical border wall is the answer, which would take away land from ranchers along the border, he said. Instead, he's more supportive of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's "digital wall" idea, he said.

When it comes to taxes, Hall said he's supportive of cutting the corporate tax rate even more than the bills in the U.S. House and Senate currently call for to boost businesses in the U.S.

However, his most important goal is to represent middle- and working-class Americans - not wealthy individuals or politicians, he said.

"It's like all of us that are normal people that are fed up with the people in Washington," said Hall. "We need to go back to a citizen government."



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