Ballard has ethics, experience for job

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I support Andy Ballard as the next judge of the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas.

Andy is an accomplished trial attorney licensed in Ohio and West Virginia. He is also licensed to practice law in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recently, Andy successfully argued a case on behalf of Marshall University in the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, which resulted in a unanimous published opinion authored by Judge Allyson K. Duncan, a judicial appointee of President George W. Bush.

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During his career, Andy built a successful law practice representing individuals, corporations and governmental entities.

He has represented Belpre, Ohio City Schools, the City of Ironton, the Shelly Company and Mike Enyart & Sons, Inc., just to name a few, and he has served as the Village Attorney for Proctorville since 2011.

Andy has also contributed countless hours of free legal services and advice to residents of Rome and Union Townships and many of the youth sports programs as an active member of his community.

More importantly, he is the proud son and grandson of Union members from ARMCO and AK Steel and was the first person in his family to earn a college degree.

He attributes his exemplary work ethic to his blue-collar upbringing.  Andy is a self-made man that has relied on hard work and dedication to provide for his children.

He is the father of four young children whom he and his wife are raising in Rome Township. He is a 1995 graduate of Ironton High, and other than the time away for college at Marshall University and the University of Kentucky College of Law, he’s been a lifelong Lawrence County resident.

To be effective, our judges must be rooted in our community, have experience as practicing lawyers and possess the requisite ethics, integrity and moral character to sit in judgment over our citizens.

Andy is the only candidate who embodies all of these qualities, and he is the person I feel should be given the honor to sit in the seat previously held by the Honorable D. Scott Bowling.

J.T. Holt