Hall to challenge Browning for Senate seat
by BY PAIGE CLINE
BY JOHN CONLEY
Del. Daniel Hall says he will challenge incumbent Richard Browning for the 9th District Senate seat in 2012.
"I've been approached about it since last July," Hall said in a phone interview last week.
"I said I wasn't interested and that I might do it if Sen. Browning ever decided to do something else, but as time went by and as things changed in the last session, people became very, very concerned," he added.
"A large group of people were pushing me on it," Hall said. "I agreed to consider it at the time just to get them off my back. Once I did that, it just kind of snowballed."
Hall says he considers the upcoming election "more of a referendum on our current senator and do the voters want a change. That's probably the No. 1 driving force in this."
According to Hall, voters were unhappy when the Senate leadership landed in the hands of senators from the northern part of the state.
Hall reported that voters told him that Browning "doesn't have time for every day issues. He's only interested in the big projects that get lots of media attention.
"I get phone calls every day, and most of them are about pot holes or somebody needing help getting their kid CHIPS insurance or stepped up police patrols in an area," Hall remarked.
"I get asked those kinds of things all day every day," he said.
"(Browning) may do a lot of those things, I cant's speak for what he does or doesn't do," Hall noted. "But a lot of people tell me he's out of touch with the people in our district."
Hall thinks he can win the seat.
"If I didn't think I had a chance to win, I wouldn't do it," he stated.
About 79,000 of the district's 105,000 voters are in Raleigh County,he pointed out.
"Every vote is important, but you have to win Raleigh County," he said. "If you don't win there, you can't win the whole thing."
A Raleigh County native who graduated from Liberty High Schooo, Hall feels he already has many contacts there.
"I have lots of family and friends there and I worked there for many years," he said. "I think I have a very good chance."
Wyoming County voters are seeking a change, Hall says.
"I'll try to vote the way people want me to viote," he commented. "I don't feel my seat in the House or the one in the Senate is my seat. It's the peoples' seat."
Hall says he won't change the way he does things. "I'll try to be accessible and look people in the eye and tell them the truth," he stated.
He expects a "spirited" campagin.
"I have no intention of running a negative campaign, and I don't think I need to," Hall said. "I'll just stay on point and I'll win the election.
"I don't think I have to ba
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