Scott Loftis

From the Editor

Scott Loftis is editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is SLoftis@cherryroad.com


Ballinger’s challengers multiplying

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The official filing period won’t open until next week for the May preferential primary, but election season is already starting to get interesting in Carroll County.

We’ll elect a new county judge this year to replace Sam Barr, who retired at the end of January. We’ll likely be picking a new sheriff, too, as Jim Ross has always said he wouldn’t seek a second term.

Both of those races will be interesting to watch, but the race I really have my eye on is the one for the District 28 seat in the State Senate.

Regular readers know my opinion of incumbent Bob Ballinger. I’d sooner vote for a doorknob. That said, I’d like to thank Mr. Ballinger for finally getting around to paying his delinquent Carroll County personal property taxes in January, only more than two months past due. That’s the kind of fiscal responsibility I want to see from a state legislator, especially one who serves on the Joint Budget Committee, deciding how our state tax dollars are spent!

If that sounds like a cheap shot, it’s one that could have been avoided if Mr. Ballinger had paid his taxes on time.

Anyway, Mr. Ballinger has drawn not one but two credible opponents in his re-election bid and a third, even more credible candidate likely will soon announce a challenge, as well.

Mr. Ballinger did not fare well in Carroll County in 2018, when his district only included a portion of the county.

The newly drawn District 28 includes the entire county, and that could be more bad news for Mr. Ballinger.

I “crossed over” in 2018 for the express purpose of casting a ballot against Mr. Ballinger in the Republican primary. It will be my pleasure to do the same thing this May.

“Personal responsibility” is a popular phrase among conservatives who seem to have no sympathy for those less fortunate than themselves.

To each his own, I suppose, but I can’t for the life of me understand how those same conservatives can turn around and cast a ballot for a candidate with such a record of personal irresponsibility.