Isadore Hall III has maneuvered up the political ladder by not facing any viable candidates. Starting his political career as a board trustee for Compton Unified School District (CUSD) he then went on to represent the area in various elected seats. The City of Compton even honored him with a street named after him.
After leaving CUSD, Hall moved on to the Compton city council to represent residents in the 4th District. He would then successfully run for the 64th Assembly seat. That was the longest he was parked in one seat.
After announcing, then withdrawing, from two previous congressional races, and not wanting to run against former congresswoman Laura Richardson, Hall finally made it to the Senate, in a special election, to replace Rod Wright. In a power move, the former 62nd Assembly member Steve Bradford, who was expected to replace Wright, mysteriously stepped aside for Hall’s easy victory.
Janice Hahn is currently the Congresswoman representing the 44th District and Hall has already announced plans to run for her seat. He now faces a candidate who has the capacity to raise money and possibly give him the toughest race of his political career.
City of Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tem Nanette Barragan has announced she will step down from city council to focus on her congressional campaign.
“The (44th) district is one where only 60 percent graduate from high school and 10 percent go onto college,” she said. “That’s how people live. I’m one of those 10-percenters who beat the odds. … I’ve achieved the American dream. Now I’m coming home to make sure that others have the same shot at the dream.”
Barragan is a graduate of UCLA and the USC Gould School of Law.
Hermosa Beach made national news as the residents fought hard to stop drilling in their small beach city. Barragan supported the resident’s efforts and they prevailed. Hall, on the other hand, has no qualms about taking money from oil companies. It’s well documented and a known fact.
This will be the race to watch.
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Got ambitious, perhaps a bit too much. And so it goes. Political maneuvering can’t touch effective action and follow through, no matter who you think you are. Perhaps he’ll consider running for another council seat since 4th District is now represented by a former school board has been. We need the quality here at home. If he’s willing to eat humble pie after this Congressional race is won by Barragan, a real committed representative of the people in H.B. Lessons are sometimes so hard to learn. Be great where you started, but if ego takes reign, be assured you’ll learn a hard lesson about campaign fundraising among the big leagues. Janice Hahn has distinguished herself as a former City Council rep and it will take a minute before she gets real juice in Congress but I think she has the right stuff based on her heritage as the, late Supervisor Kenny Hahn’s daughter who always was by her father’s side. James, the brother, was more like his mother, who stayed out of the public light during Kenny’s multiple terms as a member of the LACBOS. Laura Richardson was another lightweight who delayed our progress in Congress, succeeding Juanita Millender-McDonald who succumbed, unfortunately to cancer during her term in office. Some surmise it was the stress of her son’s legal issues after being indicted on charges related to corruption while in office and the legal fees for his defense that caused her demise. So if things go the way expected, no doubt, Hall will return to Compton to run eventually. Cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s” in any case. The Rod Wright debacle may have been orchestrated as was the 64th District stand down by a possible successor. Politics has been played in any case. We need real committed people in public office, not those who arrange things to suit their ambitions. The people deserve the best of the best, always. I’m sure he’s learned a lot while rising. But every pot has to sit on it’s own bottom eventually. How it goes…
Isadore Hall used to have B2B networking breakfasts’ that stopped. The gospel concerts at the golf course stopped. Besides raising money and voting favorably and/or against issues that adversely affect black people, what has he positively contributed to the 64th district residents besides his gift of song?
There’s plenty to complain about if you’re a resident of his district.
Good to hear thar Isadore Hall has an opponent. The Isadore Hall at Compton City Council proactive and fought hard to make Compton a real nice city.
I do not know what happened after that.