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Hall Says Political Flip to Keep District Relevant

Martin Valent
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Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall made the political switch from Democrat to Republican this week giving the GOP an 18 to 16 majority. On Viewpoint Friday, Hall said he made the switch to keep his district relevant.

Hall said members of the state Republican Party approached him to make the switch before the election, but he hadn’t considered it because of the strong majority the Democrats held in the chamber. But after Tuesday evening’s election wins that tied the body 17 to 17, Hall said he reconsidered the offer.

“My job is to represent the people of my district and this decision was solely based on putting my district in the best decision to move forward,” he said.

Hall said there have been discussions about what his position in the new leadership will be, but he hasn’t been promised a committee chairmanship.

As for his credibility with the voters when he runs for re-election in 2016, Hall says this:

“The people of my district don’t care about party politics. They care about their people, they care about their families, they care about their district moving forward and their communities improving. That’s what they care about. They don’t care who is in charge, whether its Democrats or Republicans, as long as their lives are getting better.”

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.

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