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D.A. Ballard will run against Judge Hankinson

DSC_8975smallDistrict Attorney Scott Ballard says he will run against Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson on the May 24, 2016 Non-Partisan General Election ballot.

Ballard became district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette, Spalding, Upson, and Pike counties, in January 2005 after defeating incumbent District Attorney Bill McBroom. Hankinson was appointed to his judgeship by Governor Roy Barnes in 2002.

It is rare that superior court judges are opposed for reelection.

“I sometime ago decided I want to be a public servant,” Ballard said, adding that he wants to serve “where I’m needed the most.”

Touting a strong, competent staff he says will serve as a great foundation for any new district attorney, Ballard says he is now compelled to run for judge.

“Where I feel like we need help is in the judiciary,” Ballard said. “I’m trying to pitch in and help where I’m needed most.”

[Read the full story in the Wednesday, Nov. 25 editions of Fayette County News and Today in Peachtree City.]

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.