Businessman Ball steps down as executive judge. race

Feb. 12 – CATLETTSBURG – Boyd County Executive Judge’s only challenger has dropped out of the race.

Scott A. Ball, a South Ashland business owner, has dropped out of the Republican primary race, Boyd County Clerk Kevin Johnston confirmed. With the exception of any written campaign – Johnston said he could still be tabled before the general election in November – it leaves a clear and clear field for incumbent Eric Chaney to run for office.

Chaney said in a phone interview on Friday that he was excited to see another term, saying “we’re going to keep rolling.”

“We’re excited to start more stuff,” Chaney said. “It has been an incredible experience in the three and a half years that I have been in office. One of the experiences that has stood out for me during my tenure is the ice storm and how the people of Boyd County came to help each other. We are good people with good hearts.”

Chaney continued, “There have been some good economic development projects and we are working on more. I expect more as we continue to move forward.”

Ball was due to be interviewed on Friday but never showed up – multiple calls and text messages went unanswered. He did, however – based on the social media timestamp – take the time to promote a gig at his bar on Facebook around the time of the interview.

Earlier in the week, in a Facebook message to the Daily Independent’s editor, Ball said he had dropped out in order to focus on his business.

“I gave up the race, not that I didn’t think I could have won, but because my wife and business partners wanted me to wait (sic) more years,” Ball wrote. “We have a lot to do with our local businesses and other businesses in different states. I plan to get more politically involved and get my name out there more in the next few years.”

Before dropping out of the race, campaign finance records show Ball raised around $4,000 for the campaign war chest – $2,000 came from the owner of Ashland Office Supply while the rest appears to be from his own pocket. Most of that money was spent on campaign consultants, records show.

Ball, a former Boyd County Sheriff’s Deputy, is co-owner of BHW Security, Tomcat Bourbon and Brewhouse, several metros and other business interests in the South Ashland area. He recently decided to lead the renovation efforts of the Westwood Boys & Girls Club.

During his tenure as deputy, Ball was involved in narcotics investigations and most famously – locally – involved in the 2017 shooting of Alex Herder, which spawned a civil case in federal court that is still languishing. on the role. According to court records, Ball and his deputy, Pat Adkins, sued Herder on suspicion of drug trafficking. When Herder allegedly attempted to flee, he performed “a maneuver that required a deputy to defend himself following gunfire,” APD leader Todd Kelley told contemporary media.

Both deputies were cleared by a grand jury and the shooting was deemed justified. Herder was charged with absconding and drug trafficking following the incident — he still faces those charges in Boyd County Circuit Court.

Ball eventually entered the private sector.

Ball was also awarded a Medal of Heroism in 2019 by Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods for his actions in response to a violent domestic incident that resulted in a woman being shot in the stomach.

Since leaving law enforcement, Ball’s business ventures in South Ashland have grown, with the opening (after many delays) of the Tomcat Bourbon and Brewhouse in 2021. He has also purchased the building where Waldo’s Barber Shop once did business, which is now DeDe’s.

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