Meet Bethany Hallam

(she/her/hers)

Photo by Caiolinn Ertel

Photo by Caiolinn Ertel

I’m a lifelong native of Ross Township in Allegheny County. I graduated from North Hills High School and then earned my B.A. from Duquesne University. I am serving my second term on my local Democratic committee, and my first on Pennsylvania’s Democratic State Committee for the 38th Senatorial District. In addition to being an office administrator at INPAX, I’ve been the “Political Millennial” on John McIntire’s political comedy talk show on KDKA Radio for the past year.

While playing varsity lacrosse for North Hills High School, I tore both my ACL’s, one immediately after recovering from the other. At the time, the overdose epidemic was not as well known as it is today. I was over-prescribed Vicodin, and as a result, became addicted to prescription opioids. I began my recovery in 2016, and I am fortunate for the support systems that helped make that possible.

Due to my struggles with addiction, I have spent time in our county jail and have temporarily lost my driver’s license. I’ve seen first-hand the problems in our jail, and I also understand how critical public transit is to so many Allegheny County residents, myself included. My background would bring a unique insight to council, and that’s exactly what we need in order to move council forward.