BOONE-Following the sudden resignation of Sen. Dan Soucek, local members of the GOP have selected Deanna Ballard to fill the vacant seat for the 45th senatorial district.
Republican leaders from Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties met Sat., April 23, and unanimously selected Ballard to serve in the short session of the General Assembly, according to a prepared statement on Ballard’s campaign page.
The meeting was moderated by A.J. Daoud, and Ballard’s name was unopposed when the time came for nominations.
The nomination has been forwarded to Gov. Pat McCrory for review.
If in agreement, McCrory will officially appoint Ballard to serve as State Senator when the General Assembly reconvenes this week.
“It would be an honor to serve the citizens of North Carolina in this capacity,” said Ballard on her Facebook page, after hearing the results of Saturday’s meeting. “If approved by Gov. McCrory, I will work hard to represent the values of our district in Raleigh and am grateful for the support and confidence placed in me.”
She first became involved in political service as a volunteer for George W. Bush’s Presidential Advance Team and quickly rose through the ranks to become Special Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady.
For the past seven years, she has served as Director of the Office of the President/CEO for Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization headquartered in Boone and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association based in Charlotte.
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