From the Benton Courier:
Joy Ballard was nominated for the collector position at a meeting July 17.
Ballard said she never has claimed an affiliation with any political party and has considered herself as an independent. However, to have her name actually appear on the ballot required her to affiliate with a political party. Both the Republican and Democratic filing deadlines had passed.
“Upon exploring viable options to become a candidate, it became apparent that running under the Green Party label was the best option,” she said…
Asked how she feels about the platform of the Green Party, Ballard said: “The Green Party stands for kind of like saving the earth. They’re into recycling, caring for the earth, and not using all of our materials. They’re about leaving something for the next generation and are strong advocates for women’s rights — equal pay for equal work. And they’re strong on labor and support safety in the work place.
“I’m not supportive of everything the party stands for 100 percent, nor can I say that about Democrats or Republicans,” she said…
Ballard has a working relationship with Arkansas’ Congressional delegation, elected state officials and mayors of Saline County’s various municipalities. For eight years she has chaired the Saline County Celebration of Lights and chaired the Courthouse Centennial Celebration.
She is a member of the Single Parent Scholarship Committee, secretary of the Saline County Watershed Alliance and chair of the Women Can Run Committee.
Her current position in the judge’s office requires the preparation and submission of various federal and state grant applications. She said she has been successful in obtaining funding for the Veterans Memorial, Arkansas Historic Preservation Grants for courthouse improvements, bulletproof vests for Saline County law enforcement, local law enforcement block grants, mitigation grants from FEMA for the Canney Creek Bridge and Post Oak subdivisions and energy grants for courthouse conservation efforts, “to name just a few.”
Before working in county government, Ballard was in bank management…
One write-in candidate, James Ward, owner of COP Security, withdrew from the race after learning of Ballard’s candidacy for the Green Party. Other write-in candidates who, to date, are continuing in the race are: Dwight Fite, 66, a former state representative who served three terms and who was head coach at Benton, Bryant and Bauxite high schools; Saline County Justice of the Peace Doug Curtis, 50, and owner of Curtis Auto Glass Inc.; Lisa Dodson, 40, an agent with Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Real Estate; and Georgine Hester McKim, 60, supervisor of the Arkansas Revenue Department’s Bryant office.