Meet D.C.'s Republican Mayoral Candidate:

By Rachel Morris | Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:30
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A first-time GOP candidate will contest D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in November, wishing to become the first Republican mayor of the nation's capital

Bowser, who defeated the Democratic primary for mayor, will face Stacia Hall, a businesswoman, Christian community leader and former model and singer, in the November election. Hall told Fox News Digital that she hopes to drive a change in D.C. to address crime and increase economic opportunities for residents.

"I want to hopefully be part of the change that's going to take place in D.C. This being our capital, we really should set the pace for the rest of the nation. This should be the role model city, and yet it's not. And we see our city going to waste," Hall said.

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Crime and especially homicides, which in D.C. are 13% higher so far in 2022 than the same time period last year, is the greatest concern for voters even in the wealthier areas of the District, Hall said.

"That is the top issue. It's like a wave that's moving across the district. And so when I go and see my neighbors in Georgetown, they are experiencing crime, my friend," Hall said.

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Hall accused the city’s current leadership and called for the city to work closer with cops to address crime rates.

"We should have had better solutions, not defunding the police and hiring more social workers. There's no sense in that, we need a better relationship with the police," she said.

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Hall spoke just days after a 15-year-old boy was killed at a shooting during music festival celebrating Juneteenth in the heart of D.C.

"That was a child that was out trying to enjoy the Juneteenth holiday, and his parents didn't know they'd never see him again."

Bowser, who is seeking a third term as mayor, has also been critical of some police reform efforts.

"I’ve never been to a community where they said they didn’t want the police. Never," Bowser said during a May debate with Democratic candidates. "We need the police that we need."

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Hall said her Christian faith would guide her efforts to reform the approach to crime.

"Being a woman of faith, if I'm elected, I'm going to be a praying woman, praying, seeking wisdom," she said.

Hall, who undergone homelessness years ago while trying to raise two children as a single mother, also wants to see better opportunities for residents of D.C. Republicans, she said, believe in true economic equity.

"Muriel has had eight years to get [what] I would call failing communities on an equal playing field. But that has not happened because there's too many special political interests," Hall said, adding that the city should look for ways to help people better themselves, not more welfare.

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