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.