Art Sherwood Calls for Positive Campaign, Opponent Agrees

N.C. State Senate candidates shake hands on pledge to run campaigns consistent with Christian values

LENOIR, N.C. – Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Senate District 45, today asked his opponent, Deanna Ballard, to agree to run a positive campaign that reflects favorably on their shared Christian faith. Ballard agreed. The agreement was reached following a brief chance meeting at the North Carolina Blackberry Festival in Lenoir.

Art Sherwood (right) and Deanna Ballard finish the handshake to cement their pledge  to run positive campaigns. Photo by Paul Custer

Art Sherwood (right) and Deanna Ballard finish the handshake to cement their pledge to run positive campaigns. Photo by Paul Custer

Sherwood served as a trustee for 10 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has held leadership positions in several congregations. Ballard has worked more than six years for a Christian relief and development ministry.

Both candidates were campaigning just a few feet from one another when Sherwood decided to approach Ballard. He told Ballard that his understanding of Christianity would not allow him to conduct a negative campaign and asked her if she agreed, would pledge to run a positive campaign, and shake hands to cement the agreement. She agreed and the two candidates shook hands on the pledge.

Art Sherwood (right) and Deanna Ballard discuss their race for N.C. Senate District 45. Photo by Paul Custer.

Art Sherwood (right) and Deanna Ballard discuss their race for N.C. Senate District 45. Photo by Paul Custer.

Sherwood filed for office in part because of his concerns that those seeking office under the Conservative Christian banner often show disregard for the least fortunate, conduct campaigns that reflect poorly on Christianity, and support policy initiatives that harm some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sherwood also asked Ballard if she would agree to a series of debates. She agreed in principle, though declined initially to five debates – one in each of the district’s five counties – Allegany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood proposed they be held between Labor Day and the first day of early voting. Ballard did agree to continue discussing the idea with the Sherwood campaign.

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