Mary Ellon Balance, Dare County Board of Education Member, issued a release on Tuesday, November 21, announcing her candidacy for the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) District 4 seat in the fall 2024 election. The current District 4 representative on the BOC is Danny Couch.
The release is as follows:
Mary Ellon Ballance, a dedicated member of the Dare County Board of Education, proud resident of Hatteras Village, wife of a hardworking commercial fisherman, mother of a courageous first responder, and successful business owner for over 25 years, is excited to announce her candidacy for Dare County Commissioner representing District 4, Hatteras Island
With a deep-rooted passion for her community and a proven track record of leadership, Mary Ellon Ballance is committed to serving the residents of Dare County with integrity, transparency, and a strong work ethic. As a member of the Dare County Board of Education, she has consistently advocated for quality education, ensuring that every child receives the best possible opportunities for success.
Mary Ellon Ballance’s extensive experience as a business owner has provided her with a unique perspective on the challenges faced by local entrepreneurs. She understands the importance of fostering a business-friendly environment that encourages growth, job creation, and economic prosperity. Her dedication to supporting small businesses will be a driving force in her role as Dare County Commissioner.
As the wife of a commercial fisherman, Mary Ellon Ballance has witnessed firsthand the struggles and triumphs of the fishing industry. She recognizes the vital role it plays in the local economy and is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of fishermen and their families. Her deep understanding of the industry’s challenges will be invaluable in shaping policies that ensure its sustainability for future generations.
Furthermore, as a mother of a first responder, Mary Ellon Ballance understands the sacrifices made by those who put their lives on the line to keep our community safe. She is committed to providing our first responders with the resources and support they need to carry out their duties effectively and safely.
Mary Ellon Ballance’s candidacy represents a fresh perspective and a strong voice for the residents of Dare County. Her dedication to education, small businesses, the fishing industry, and public safety make her an ideal candidate for Dare County Commissioner.