It is not the first time the well-known Houston lawyer decided to run for mayor. He lost to Mayor Annise Parker in 2013 but announced his candidacy to run again in the end of 2014. Hall went up against some top runners including State Representative Sylvester Turner, former Harris County Sherriff Adrian Garcia, both democrats, and republican candidate Bill King. King was Mayor of Kemah from 2001-2005.
After a 13 candidate discussion forums for months Turner and King were the top finishers resulting in a runoff of democrats against republicans. Before the results Hall spoke candidly about why he decided to run again and the reason he believes he should be the next mayor of Houston.
“The city needed services which have been neglected and this is why I am stepping forth to run,” Hall said. “I think the city is off track morally and also fiscally.”
While operating as the city of attorney for Houston, Hall managed 120 lawyers, writing every law for the city. Many candidates during the election supported the infamous Hero Ordinance but some like Hall adamantly oppose passing this law.
The ordinance dealt with equality but one of the biggest factors numerous voters were against was the right for “transgender” women to use a woman’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Turner and Garcia were for the ordinance but Hall stood by his morals and would not support it.
“I actually took the time to read the Hero ordinance, all 36 pages of it. It is so poorly written. There was no way I could support it because it allows any man to self-identify himself as a female and have access to sex segregated areas such as bathrooms, showers and female fitting rooms,” he said.
As a lawyer, Hall stated this is unacceptable to allow men the right to go into sex segregated areas. He believes a better ordinance can be written and rejected the current one. He encouraged voters to get to the polls and vote against it. Despite not receiving the victory again in this year’s election, opposing the ordinance got voters attention, and it did not pass.
He added how there were other issues with the ordinances, which concerned him particularly a Fifth Amendment right being violated. As a man of God, Hall assured that his decision to oppose the ordinance was not for any spiritual reasons.
“My criticism is base largely on the legal grounds…but there are some things I have spiritual opposition to but not in any relation to the ordinance, I just treated as a legal document,” he said.
Before the results of the election, Hall spoke about his plans in the case of him not winning. His time as a trial lawyer in Houston for 29 years was wonderful and he added how God has given him great success. He said the decision to run for mayor stems from him believing the city needs a good moral leader and he felt convicted to run.
“It (the city) needs someone who is God conscious and I am God conscious…I believe God is very much alive,” he said.
Given God all the glory, Hall said the he has been given a wonderful life and in regards to whether he wins or lose, he is running only to offer opportunity to serve the great people in Houston. He pointed out how in the Bible David was not looking to be King of Israel but God chose him and he turned out to be a “mighty” King.
“Whatever the results of this election I am going to very please that I did God’s calling and I tried to do the right thing.”