By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014
Matt Ballard hopes to bring his extensive experience and leadership abilities to the office of district attorney. Here he is pictured with supporters at the recent Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event supporting Safenet Services.
Experience and leadership: these are two qualities that Claremore attorney, former prosecutor, and Republican Matt Ballard hopes to bring to the office of district attorney of the twelfth district, which includes Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties.
“I believe the focus of the district attorney’s office should be on putting criminals behind bars and standing up for the constitutional and God-given rights of law abiding citizens,” said Ballard. “It is the responsibility of the district attorney to be the people’s voice in the courtroom and to bring justice to those who break our laws. I will not waiver from these fundamental principles.”
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with honors in 2002, Ballard served as an assistant district attorney for four years, where he prosecuted juvenile cases, major felonies and homicides, and was named to the prestigious Special Victims Unit. In 2006, he entered private practice as an advising attorney to municipalities and school districts. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Rosenstein, Fist, and Ringold and serves as the city attorney for Claremore. During the past decade, he feels he has garnered the type of experience that has prepared him for the office he is now seeking.
“I have been the voice in the courtroom that helped put murderers, rapists, drug dealers and child molesters behind bars, and I have not lost a night of sleep questioning my judgment in doing so,” said Ballard. “I have spent long nights praying with families while awaiting a jury verdict, and I have known the satisfaction of being able to assure them that those who had done evil would never be free to do more harm. I’m prepared to do what it takes to protect the families of this district.”
Ballard regards protection of this district a personal priority as well as a professional one. He grew up in Rogers County and makes his home in Claremore with his wife of 11 years, Traci, and their three children, Kizer, Keaton, and Matthijs. He feels that protecting the county involves more than just fighting crime through the courts – a district attorney must provide the type of leadership that will build and maintain strong relationships between the different offices of law enforcement.
“I am committed to building bridges between the district attorney’s office, law enforcement, and the community. We all have to stand shoulder to shoulder to fight crime and present a united front,” said Ballard, who explains that when relations are bad between these agencies, crime from other areas will infiltrate the community. “Criminals will figure out the weakness in the justice system and exploit it,” he states.
If Ballard is elected, he looks forward to building relationships with district police and sheriff’s departments and working together with them to fight crime in the community. “The district attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of the district, so it is an office in which leadership matters a great deal,” said Ballard. “It is critical for our district attorney to be focused on the business of public safety and justice. I believe I can bring to this office the kind of steady leadership and integrity our communities deserve, and I hope the voters will give me a chance to serve.”
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