Ballard Announces Re-Election Campaign (2017-11-15 16:51:21)

North Carolina State Senator Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga) has announced her re-election campaign.

High Country Press reports Ballard will be running against State Senator Shirley Randleman (R-Wilkes) in a primary match up that is the result of recent changes to state legislative districts.

The court ordered redistricting places Alleghany, Ashe, most of Surry, Watauga, and Wilkes counties in the same district.

District 45 previously consisted of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga.

For the past eight years, Ballard has worked for Franklin Graham at Samaritan’s Purse, and began political service as a volunteer for George W. Bush’s Presidential Advance Team.

She was elected to her first term in 2016.