Elections: County Commissioners, District 5, Michael Ballard

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Name: Michael A Ballard

Town of residence: Navassa

Political office sought: County Commissioner, District 5

Political affiliation: Democrat

Profession: Pastor


Education: Graduate of North Brunswick High School 1980, Livingstone College 1980-1982, Fayetteville Tech 1982-1983, Cape Fear Community College 1983, University of Phoenix 2008-2009


Family information: I am the father of four, two sons and two daughters, and the proud grandfather of twin boys. I am the eighth child of the late Hardy and Nellie Ballard. I have seven brothers, one sister and one deceased brother. I am a lifelong resident of Brunswick County.


Organizations or affiliations: I am member of AME Zion church, district director of the NAACP for the AME Zion church, former member of TAC, TCC, WMPO, council of government, NCBEMO, Lions Club of Navassa.


Political experience: Town councilman of Navassa from 2001-2011, mayor pro tem from 2009-2011


Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I can bring a wealth of knowledge to the board of commissioners. I have the desire to serve the citizens of Brunswick County in moving the county forward to make it better for all to have a voice that will fight for them. The county is moving in a new direction and we need elected officials that will move the county forward and not backward. I care and want to make a difference for all of Brunswick County citizens.


 What do you believe are the top three issues? 1. Unemployment. 2. Water and sewer. 3. Services for senior citizens.