Neo-Nazi running for seat on Riverside County water board
A well-known white supremacist is running a discreet campaign to try to unseat an incumbent in November on the board of a Riverside County water district.
Jeff Hall hasn’t posted any signs, didn’t show up to a candidate forum and lists no occupation on the November ballot.
But as California director of the National Socialist Movement -- the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group -- Hall has helped lead demonstrations in Riverside and Los Angeles where white supremacists waved swastika flags, chanted “white power” and gave stiff-armed Nazi salutes surrounded by hundreds of counterprotesters.
Hall’s bid for a seat on the board of directors of the Western Municipal Water District has drawn outcry from community groups dismayed that a neo-Nazi who has held racist rallies at a day laborer center and a synagogue wants to administer their water -- or at least garner publicity in the quest to do so.
Not so, said Hall, a 31-year-old plumber who in a phone interview called for water conservation and affirmed his belief that all non-whites should be deported.
“I want a white nation,” he said. “I don't hide what I am, and I don't water that down.”
Hall has been campaigning by handing out business cards, he said, but turned down an invitation to a candidate forum because it was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and a Latino community group.
He is not the only known white supremacist running for office in Southern California this fall. Dan Schruender, a member of the Aryan Nations known for distributing racist fliers in Rialto, is seeking a seat on that city’s school board.
-- Tony Barboza