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Hugo Ballard

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Character Name: Hugo Sheldon Ballard
Nation: United States
Party: Democratic
Home State: Florida
Home County: Duval
Home Media Market: Jacksonville

Previous Job: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Date of Birth: September 4, 1948 (age 67)
Race / Ethnicity: Caucasian American
Religion: Agnostic
Wealth: Upper Middle Class
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Are you married?: Yes (June Swan, m. 1973)

Which class of Senate seat is the one you're choosing?: Florida, Class I
How many children do you have?: 3 (Andrew, Valentine, Jasper)

Biography:

Hugo Sheldon Ballard was born on September 4, 1948 to Graham and Bonnie Ballard in Micanopy, Florida. A shy and quiet student growing up, Ballard was nevertheless a bright individual who would often be described by his friends as fun, whimsical, and eccentric. As he grew older, he pushed himself to pursue extracurricular activities such as theater and student government, becoming especially enamored with the former. Despite coming from a long line of conservative Democrats, Ballard embraced the more liberal economics of LBJ, even campaigning with his peers for Johnson's reelection campaign despite being too young to vote. After graduating from high school, Ballard moved to Jacksonville to attend Jacksonville University, where he initially studied communications, but later switched his major to economics on the recommendation of a close friend. During his time at Jacksonville, he wrote for the school newspaper, eventually becoming one of its lead editors, and received a single deferment from serving in Vietnam.

After graduating from Jacksonville, Ballard began attending Stetson and working part time as a grocer while working toward a law degree. He eventually got a part time job working as a paralegal. Amid his studies, he met June Swan and the two gradually developed a romantic relationship which eventually culminated in their marriage in 1973. After receiving his Juris Doctor, Ballard left Tampa to return to Jacksonville, and got a job consulting for a pharmaceutical company. He left the post after a couple years to join a private firm which specialized in consumer protection, and eventually founded his own called Ballard Law Firm. Ballard began working in the Food and Drug Administration in 1988 and was eventually named Assistant Commissioner within the Office of External Affairs. In 1994, Ballard left the FDA to pursue statewide office in Florida as Commissioner of Agriculture, and won reelection in 1998.

In 2000, Ballard sought the Senate seat vacated by Connie Mack, and easily won the Democratic primary. Despite the state being a loss for Al Gore, Ballard narrowly edged out a victory by a margin of less than .3%. Since taking office, Ballard has emphasized the issues of healthcare, consumer protection, social security, and most recently global climate change. While he has portrayed himself as a bipartisan bridge builder in the past, Ballard has recently and very publicly lamented newfound 'extremism' within Republican ranks and warned Democrats the dangers of 'compromising [their] values'.

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Character Name: Hugo Sheldon Ballard
Nation: United States
Party: Democratic
Home State: Florida
Home County: Duval
Home Media Market: Jacksonville

Previous Job: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Date of Birth: September 4, 1948 (age 67)
Race / Ethnicity: Caucasian American
Religion: Agnostic
Wealth: Upper Middle Class
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Are you married?: Yes (June Swan, m. 1973)

Which class of Senate seat is the one you're choosing?: Florida, Class I
How many children do you have?: 3 (Andrew, Valentine, Jasper)

Biography:

Hugo Sheldon Ballard was born on September 4, 1948 to Graham and Bonnie Ballard in Micanopy, Florida. A shy and quiet student growing up, Ballard was nevertheless a bright individual who would often be described by his friends as fun, whimsical, and eccentric. As he grew older, he pushed himself to pursue extracurricular activities such as theater and student government, becoming especially enamored with the former. Despite coming from a long line of conservative Democrats, Ballard embraced the more liberal economics of LBJ, even campaigning with his peers for Johnson's reelection campaign despite being too young to vote. After graduating from high school, Ballard moved to Jacksonville to attend Jacksonville University, where he initially studied communications, but later switched his major to economics on the recommendation of a close friend. During his time at Jacksonville, he wrote for the school newspaper, eventually becoming one of its lead editors, and received a single deferment from serving in Vietnam.

After graduating from Jacksonville, Ballard began attending Stetson and working part time as a grocer while working toward a law degree. He eventually got a part time job working as a paralegal. Amid his studies, he met June Swan and the two gradually developed a romantic relationship which eventually culminated in their marriage in 1973. After receiving his Juris Doctor, Ballard left Tampa to return to Jacksonville, and got a job consulting for a pharmaceutical company. He left the post after a couple years to join a private firm which specialized in consumer protection, and eventually founded his own called Ballard Law Firm. Ballard began working in the Food and Drug Administration in 1988 and was eventually named Assistant Commissioner within the Office of External Affairs. In 1994, Ballard left the FDA to pursue statewide office in Florida as Commissioner of Agriculture, and won reelection in 1998.

In 2000, Ballard sought the Senate seat vacated by Connie Mack, and easily won the Democratic primary. Despite the state being a loss for Al Gore, Ballard narrowly edged out a victory by a margin of less than .3%. Since taking office, Ballard has emphasized the issues of healthcare, consumer protection, social security, and most recently global climate change. While he has portrayed himself as a bipartisan bridge builder in the past, Ballard has recently and very publicly lamented newfound 'extremism' within Republican ranks and warned Democrats the dangers of 'compromising [their] values'.

Attributes
Experience 40
Name Recognition 20
Wealth 30
Charisma 10

 

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