PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County native Allison Ball won the election for Kentucky State Treasurer in dominate fashion during this Tuesday’s election.
Republican Allison Ball became State Treasurer after she claimed 61 percent of the vote in the treasurer race; easily defeating Democrat Rick Nelson. All totaled, Ball captured more votes than any other candidate running for state office.
On Wednesday evening, Time Staff spoke with Ball about the election, and her plans moving forward. Visibly tired having just returned from the Louisville gathering of the Republican Party celebrating Tuesday’s outcome, Allison was greatly anticipating her future in Frankfort.
“I feel pretty great. I am excited and ready to get to work,” said Ball.
A common theme among Republican candidates was the implication of being political outsiders, and not career politicians.
Allison says her time working as a bankruptcy lawyer in Pikeville and as assistant county attorney in Floyd County has prepared her for the work she will be performing.
“I think both of those things prepared me to be state treasurer,” said Ball. “And practicing bankruptcy law, especially in this area. You deal with real life people. You know real life issues.”
“I try to help people get on sound financial footing as I’ve been practicing, and that’s the kind of background you need; that financial background to be state treasurer.”
Allison says that the role of treasurer is a serious one for the state of Kentucky, and a position that hasn’t lived up to its potential in the past.
“The treasurer is the chief financial officer of the state of Kentucky…” said Ball. “The treasurer is supposed to make sure; supposed to be an independent voice to make sure, that only what is spent, is what’s constitutional and appropriated correctly from the general assembly.”
“It really has been a rubber stamp position for a long time, without a lot of oversight. It actually has a constitutional role, you are supposed to be that check and balance, and that watchdog.”
Allison was part of a historic night for women and African-Americans in state government as fellow Republican Jenean Hampton, became the first female African-American to be elected Lt. Governor of the state of Kentucky.
“I think it is very exciting. I’m 34-years-old, I’m one of the young ones to have gotten elected, and that’s exciting. Of course being a woman, to have gotten elected. I think that is good for the state.”
Despite her lopsided win, Allison says that a future in politics is not her focus right now. But rather, she is looking forward to getting to work doing all the things she had pledged through the campaign.
“My focus right now is just doing a good job in that office, and I am eager to do that. I’ve been talking for a year and half about what I want to do as treasurer. So I finally get a chance to do that.”
Allison is the daughter of Ronald and Amy Ball of Prestonsburg. She will now begin preparing with the rest of the transition team to begin work in January as the new administration begins.
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