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As DC Mayor Muriel Bowser takes on key Democratic challengers on Tuesday, a first-time Republican candidate is aiming to be the nation’s capital’s first GOP mayor since office restructuring in the 1970s.
Stacia Hall, a businesswoman, Christian community leader and former model and singer, told Fox News Digital that she hopes to spark change in DC to fight crime and increase economic opportunity for residents.
“I want to hopefully be part of the change that’s going to take place in DC. This being our capital, we really should be setting the tone for the rest of the nation. This should be the model city, and yet it’s not the case. And we see our city being lost,” Hall said.
Crime and in particular homicides, which in DC are 13% higher so far in 2022 than the same time last year, are the top concern for voters even in the District’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Hall said.
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“That’s the main problem. It’s like a wave moving through the district. And so when I go to see my neighbors in Georgetown, they’re victims of crime, my friend,” Hall said.
Hall blamed current city leaders and called on the city to work more closely with cops to tackle crime rates.
“We should have had better solutions, not defunding the police and hiring more social workers. It makes no sense, we need a better relationship with the police,” she said .
Hall spoke just days after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a shooting at a music festival celebrating Juneteenth in the heart of DC
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“He was a kid trying to enjoy the June 19 holiday, and his parents didn’t know they would never see him again.”
Bowser, who is seeking a third term as mayor, also criticized 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 we need.”
Hall said his Christian faith would guide his efforts to reform the approach to crime.
“Being a woman of faith, if elected, I’m going to be a woman who prays, who prays, who seeks wisdom,” she said.
Hall, who experienced homelessness years ago as she tried to raise two children as a single mother, also wants to see better opportunities for residents of DC Republicans, she said, believing in true economic fairness.
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“Muriel had eight years to obtain [what] I would call failing communities an equal footing. But it didn’t happen because there are too many vested political interests,” Hall said, adding that the city should be looking at ways to help people get better, not more well-being. .
“There should be incentives for people to get out, get educated, get to work, buy houses and start businesses. So a lot of the most vulnerable communities are disappointed. They don’t want to leave their communities. I I just don’t see why we can’t give them the quality of life they need to be part of a growing district, the capital of a growing nation.”
She hopes to enact budget reforms in the district to avoid raising property taxes, which could hurt seniors living on fixed incomes.
“People want to keep money in their bank accounts. They want to keep money in their pockets. They see and believe property taxes are likely to go up,” Hall said.
To do this, the city needs to audit its finances, according to Hall.
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“What really should be done is a full review of the DC budget. Streamline it to increase transparency and accountability, and regularly audit DC procurement and government contracts. In other words, I have mastered how to be a coupon cutter.. I want to be the chief coupon cutter of Washington, DC, so that there are people living here who are happy, satisfied, with contracts, satisfied in all areas and looking forward to living here.”
Hall is running unopposed in the Republican primary and will face the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary in November’s mayoral election.
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