UTU Member and Officer announces campaing for Indiana State Senate

GOSHEN — A U.S. Army veteran who helped clean up after abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is running for Indiana Senate.

Democrat Jim Ball of Middlebury announced his candidacy Monday at Goshen’s VFW Hall.

Ball, a conductor/engineer at Norfolk Southern, is a field auditor for the United Transportation Union International, where he also is Local 194 chairman, treasurer and legislative representative.

He said he was inspired to run by the thousands of workers who stood at the Statehouse in opposition to the right-to-work bill, which was authored in the Senate by his opponent in the fall election, State Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury.

Ball said 60 to 70 percent of Hoosiers didn’t want the bill to pass and that the Senate has “lost touch with working families.”

He said he wants to give Hoosiers a voice at the Statehouse. “The time has come to end the partisan ways and come together to solve and find solutions to the problems of the 21st Century,” Ball said.

The Democrat noted that the state needs a properly educated workforce to attract quality jobs. “We need to focus and put educating our young back as a top priority,” Ball said. “We need to take care of our veterans who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

A military policeman who served in Germany and Kuwait, Ball reenlisted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the Army Reserves’ 428th Military Police Co. based in South Bend, which replaced the unit at Abu Ghraib that was involved in abuses at the Baghdad prison. Ball was formerly employed as a deputy at the Elkhart County jail and Bayer Corp. in Indianapolis. He also served as a reserve officer on the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and Bristol Town marshal.

Ball is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Eagles and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Ball has numerous medals and ribbons from the U.S. Army.

Ball, 40, is married to Angela and they have three children. He is a Toledo, Ohio, native

The above article was taken from the Elkhart Truth newspaper about Jim's announcement.  I was fortunate to be able to attend the event and fully endorse and support Jim.  Jim is a member of Local 194, and serves as its Local Chairman, Treasurer, and also Legislative Representative.

Below is a link if you would like to contribute to Jim's campain and also attached is Jim's qualifications and background.  Also attached is a picture taken during Jim's announcement.