Legislative leader has local ties
Freshman Rep. Duane Hall’s path to becoming a Democratic legislator serving parts of Wake County began in his hometown of High Point.
Hall, a real estate attorney now in Raleigh, captured the 11th State House District seat in last fall’s general election. Last month, his other first-year Democratic representatives named Hall the leader of the freshman Democratic caucus.
The 46-year-old legislator said that his role is to “assure that all 13 newly elected Democrats are prepared to contribute.” The freshman Democrats represent between a quarter and a third of the entire House Democratic caucus in a chamber now dominated by Republicans.
Hall grew up in High Point before leaving to attend North Carolina State University in 1986. He has worked and lived in Raleigh since, though most of his relatives reside in High Point and his family has ties to the city dating back generations. Hall grew up in the Oakview community and on Johnson Street north of downtown. His relatives here, mainly aunts and uncles, include members of the Staley family. He’s the son of Duane and Florence Hall, who’s maiden name is Staley, though his parents no longer reside in High Point.
Hall said that life lessons he learned as a youngster and teenager growing up in High Point shape his views as he considers legislation at the N.C. General Assembly.
“I grew up extremely working class,” Hall told The High Point Enterprise. “Every time a bill comes up, those are the people I think of. I think of my aunts and uncles that were plumbers or a seamstress.”
Hall’s aunt, Edith Slate, who owns and operates A-1 Alterations in High Point, said that she’s not surprised her nephew became a legislator.
“He’s always had it in his mind,” said Slate, adding that Hall was active in the Young Democrats when he attended N.C. State.
“He’s got a tender heart, and he stands up for what he believes in. And he’s not afraid to say so.”
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