Jefferson Middle School teacher and former Chautauqua County Legislator Tara Hall is running for Jamestown City Council in College Ward 1. She is the endorsed candidate of the Democratic and Independent Taxpayers parties.
Hall, who has been teaching at Jefferson since 1998, obtained her New York state teaching certification for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. She is also certified to teach secondary social studies in grades 7-12.
"I teach children from all walks of life and interact with their families often. That provides a unique insight into the concerns of many Jamestown city residents. They are worried about taxes, their home values, safe streets for their children to walk to and from school, utility costs and numerous other issues that a council person can directly impact," Hall said.
Hall is a graduate of Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College, and obtained her bachelor's in education and master's in education, both from SUNY Fredonia.
"I was born and raised in Jamestown. This is my home; our home. I am a single mother of two children, and I know what it is like to struggle in a community that faces so many challenges. As a member of City Council, my goal is to help make Jamestown a place where:
Our youth want to return after college.
Families can raise their children in safe and caring neighborhoods.
Our citizens can afford to live and have the opportunity to work in an economically prosperous community."
From 2002-06, Hall served as the county legislator in Jamestown's District 14. She is currently the Jamestown Teachers' Association vice president, chairperson of the JTA grievance team and district liaison committee member. Recently, she was on the faculty interview committee, which played a part in finding and hiring a new Jamestown Public School superintendent.
Hall is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and Viking Lodge I.O.V 65. She is the mother of two sons, Gus and Gage, and lives on Willow Avenue.