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Bethany Hallam Battled Opioid Addiction And Is Now Set For Seat On County Council

The first-time candidate upset longtime council president John DeFazio

May 22, 2019 - 2:05 pm


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Allegheny County Council President and former professional wrestler John DeFazio has been in office since the year 2000 but Tuesday night he was upset by 29-year-old, progressive challenger Bethany Hallam.

Hallam began recovery from opioid addiction almost three years ago and now is the democratic candidate for Allegheny County Council At-Large.

“I think that’s something that resonated with a lot of the voters,” Hallam told KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland. “A lot of the places I went to, a lot of the people I talked to had a loved one who had struggled with addiction, they themselves had struggled with addiction, they’d had someone who had been in the county jail or in one of our state prisons and I think it was just inspiring to see that we do recover.”

Hallam, who studied at Duquesne University will be the youngest person on county council unless Democrat Thomas Duerr beats incumbent republican Sue Means in District 5 in November.

Hallam has been on the Democratic committee for five years and got elected to state committee last year but the reason she wanted to run for county council is because the issues affecting her in the county affect a lot of others.

“I realized all the issues that were most important to me all the things that I realized need the most changed in Allegheny County, Allegheny County Council had the authority over,” said Hallam. “Especially the Port Authority, I myself rely on public transit to get around and it is so difficult to do that, it is not very reliable. I have again been in the County Jail, county council has the oversight of that and just so many things that were passions of mine, I realized that county council was the way to get it done.”

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