Hall announces for House, would be 1st openly gay woman in Legislature

    The Michigan Capitol rotunda | Susan J. Demas

    Tracy Hall, a two-term Democratic Kalamazoo County commissioner, announced this week that she will run in 2020 for a state House seat that will soon be vacated by term-limited state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo).

    If elected, Hall would be the first openly gay woman to serve in the state Legislature. Hoadley, who also is gay, announced recently that he will run for Congress in 2020, and, if elected, would be the first openly gay member of Michigan’s congressional delegation.

    Tracy Hall

    “I’m proud of my record on the County Commission, and I am ready to push a real progressive agenda in Lansing, built on equity, education and the needs of working families,” Hall said in a statement.

    The 60th House district for which Hall will run is one of the 34 that were ordered to be redrawn by last month’s ruling from the U.S. Eastern District Court. That ruling, if it survives a challenge from state Republicans, could force a sweeping overhaul of Michigan’s legislative maps.

    The Southwest Michigan district encompasses the city of Kalamazoo, as well as Kalamazoo Township.

    Hall’s signature achievement as commissioner was spearheading Kalamazoo County’s initiative that provides official photo identification to those who lack the resources or documentation to obtain an official state ID. County officials say they’ve issued more than 1,800 ID cards in the year since the program was launched.

    The nonpartisan Victory Fund PAC tracked a record 161 victories for LGBT candidates at the federal, state and local levels in 2018, including Michigan’s first openly gay Attorney General Dana Nessel, state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and state Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton).

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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