Ballance enters Democratic primary for Dare Sheriff

By on February 18, 2014

Terry-BallanceFormer sheriff’s deputy Terry L. Ballance has announced his candidacy for Dare County Sheriff as a Democrat.

Ballance will be facing Christopher Rusk, a Kill Devil Hills police officer, in the Democratic primary on May 6.

The winner of that contest is expected to face Republican incumbent Doug Doughtie in the November general election.

Ballance began his career under Dare County Sheriff Bert Austin, and retired after 30 years with the rank of lieutenant.

He holds an Advanced Law enforcement certificate along with many other training certificates, and is still an active certified law enforcement officer.

Ballance said in a news release he wants to strengthen the basic needs of the sheriff’s office, and one of his major focal points will be to work with the citizens to help educate the public on the growing drug problem facing many families now.

“You need to start with education and support of the programs already in place, then build on them,” Ballance said.  “A good team leader involves a good team and the citizens need to be a part of his team.”

“Safety for the law abiding citizens of Dare County will be my primary concern,” Ballance said.

A Roanoke Island resident and graduate of Manteo High School, Ballance is the second of four generations living in Dare County. Ballance and his wife of 28 years, Nicky, have two children and a grandson.

Ballance comes from a family of public servants. His father is assistant fire chief of the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, while his grandfather served as a law enforcement officer in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County for a combined 65 years.

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