Greg Ballard, Republican: 67%
Bart Peterson, Democrat: 33%
Total Votes: 5258
The results of the unscientific poll also reflect the poor response the Mayor is receiving to his budget address last night from media pundits today. Making matters worse, a Democratic effort to link Ballard to a controversial cartoon depicting Mayor Peterson, Sheriff Anderson and City-County Councilor Monroe Gray in monkey suits appears to have backfired. The cartoon was prepared by a group which operates totally separate from Ballard's campaign. Ballard, whose wife and children are people of color, shot back today with this :
I was very disturbed by the recent graphic depiction of Mayor Peterson, Sheriff Anderson, and Council President Gray that was produced and circulated by a group not affiliated with my campaign. Considering my wife and children are people of color, I am discouraged and offended that such racially insensitive materials were brought into the political arena. While I understand the concerns of many that their leaders have failed them on issues of crime, taxes, fiscal management, and civility, human dignity must never be sacrificed to make a point. I call on those who posted this 'cartoon' to immediately remove it from use, and to use better judgment when expressing their frustration in the future.
Looks like that Wilson Allen-like attempt to smear Ballard didn't work.