Phyllis Harvey-Hall, a public educator and community advocate, is the Democratic nominee for Alabama’s Second Congressional District.
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 attended 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. 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.
Phyllis Harvey-Hall lives in Montgomery with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter.
Why I'm Running
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. And I will be heard while at the table. I would like to be the citizen leader that Alabama’s Second 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.