BOONE, N.C., April 23, 2016—Deanna Ballard, Republican State Senator nominee for the 45
th Senatorial District, was selected on April 23, to serve and complete the term of retiring State
Senator Dan Soucek. Republican leaders from Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Caldwell, & Watauga counties met Sat., April 23, and unanimously selected Ballard to serve in the short session of the
General Assembly. The meeting was moderated by A.J. Daoud, and Ballard’s name was unopposed when the time came for nominations.
“It was great to see everyone in full agreement across the five-county region. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Deanna is the best fit for the job,” said Nathan Miller, vice-chairman of the Watauga County Republican Party.
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, 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.”
Ballard is prepared to serve as the 45th district’s state senator through the remainder of the term and will run for reelection this coming November.