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Phyllis Harvey-Hall, a public educator and community advocate, is the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Phyllis Harvey-Hall grew up in Evergreen, Alabama. Neither of her parents (Andrew and Georgia Harvey) finished high school. Nevertheless, her parents and grandparents pushed her to finish high school. She was the first high school graduate in three generations of her family. She went to Alabama State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Harvey-Hall began her career as an educator in Montgomery Public Schools as a young woman eager to change the world through education. After faithfully serving 25 years, Harvey-Hall retired from Montgomery Public Schools. Since retiring she continued her career in public service, which included working with the Family Sunshine Center and the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP).
She owned and ran a tutoring business for two years. All of Phyllis’ work experiences, including serving as a board member of two neighborhood associations, have led her to this new form of public service called an elected official. Harvey-Hall wants to ensure that every day extraordinary people can know that their concerns and hopes matter now and for their posterity.
After retiring from teaching sixth graders in Montgomery, AL, she became a testing coordinator for the National Association of Educational Progress. Harvey-Hall is known for her faith in God, her passion for helping people, her positive energy, and her belief in the concept of community. She has dedicated herself to educating youth and helping people who fall on hard times. Harvey- Hall has helped battered families and often uses any available platform to discuss the importance of early education. These experiences have shown her that all people are facing similar challenges, and she welcomes the opportunity to become a more well-rounded representative for the all citizens living in US Congressional District 2.
Phyllis Harvey-Hall lives in Montgomery with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter.
We must act now to effect substantive change in our communities. We can’t keep waiting for change to come. People in House District 2 need a representative who will work to support the needs of rural communities, the needs of our elderly and veterans, and the educational needs of our children. People in Alabama are working two and three jobs to make a living.
As a beginning teacher many years ago, I worked two jobs to make ends meet. So, I understand the difficulties of trying to get ahead. However, the world’s economy and job market have become more global since the 90’s. Today’s economy demands that students develop technical and technological skill sets that will enable them to compete in a global market.
My decision to run for Congress was founded in the belief that if average hard-working citizens wanted their interests and voices heard, we need a representative from among us to be in the room where decisions are made. I want to be the citizen leader that Alabama’s 2nd District selects to represent our collective concerns in Congress.
I want people to know that we—educators, firefighters, construction workers, policemen, sanitation workers, fast-food workers, students, grocery store workers, single mothers and fathers, call center representatives, enlisted soldiers, small business owners, the disabled, entrepreneurs, or any of my neighbors in working to middle class Alabama, have a voice and a story to be heard. They will have a representative of the people who will champion the needs and challenges encountered where they live.
Public service for the public good. Changemaker.
Education lays the foundation for success. A good quality education lays the foundation for success in life. Individuals who successfully complete Year 12 studies are more likely to find employment when they leave school. Employment opportunities are further increased for students who go on to obtain further qualifications. We know that everyone deserves access to a high-quality education, and we need to become intentional in doing all that we can to ensure the reality of great schools.
Rural communities are not all heavy agricultural areas. As factories and small farms have diminished, rural development encompasses more than the agricultural sector, it includes small college towns, travel destinations, and a section of almost every county in Alabama. All economists agree that there must be a focused collective action to improve the conditions in rural Alabama. Rural development strategies are needed to connect the resources that can slow or halt the decline of the smallest rural populations. Recently, it was noted that rural communities are confronting more healthcare issues due to lack of access to healthcare providers.
Throughout history, it has been an expectation that when soldiers went to war to protect their country, their country would later honor the soldiers. The U. S. Government has established the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to assist serving the needs of the nation’s veterans. Medicare does help to provide medical care for the elderly citizens. I firmly support Supplemental Social Security benefits for the elderly. We must set the example of valuing those who have taken care of and protected us.
Modernizing Veterans’ Facilities
Much has been done to improve the facilities that treat and house the brave men and women who have served in our armed services. They took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and our way of freedom. We owe them the dignity of quality healthcare and elderly care facilities. Any veteran care facility should be safe and up to standards of building code requirements. The Second Congressional District is home to many veterans, and I support all efforts to provide the best quality of life for those who defended this country and were willing to risk their lives for the Constitution of the United States.
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