Hello Friend,

I have difficult news to share with you today.

I recently announced that I was running for the U.S. Senate. However, I have decided to end my campaign.

Earlier this week, I was diagnosed with symptoms of a heart condition that, if treated with care is not immediately life threatening, but is serious. It must be carefully monitored and makes it medically imprudent to continue the campaign. Yesterday, on the advice of my physician and in consultation with my wife and family, I made the final decision.

I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished in a short period of time. The campaign was able to bring issues of critical importance to the country into focus for Montana voters, things like the crushing burden of healthcare costs, the need to invest in the conservation and management of public lands, and the financial challenges facing college students and rural schools.

I am extremely grateful for the overwhelming support I received for my campaign right out of the gate. The outpouring of support from folks who donated to the campaign and invested their time as volunteers has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life and I can’t say “thank you” enough. I would also like to express my most heartfelt thanks to my campaign staff who have worked so hard and offered their unwavering support as I’ve made this extremely difficult decision.

I will continue to be a strong advocate for Montana values, because Montanans deserve to have a voice in Washington. But for the moment, I will be taking a period of time to attend to my personal health and well-being. I wish the best to my fellow candidates in the Democratic primary and all of Montana.

If you would like to stay updated, I invite you to follow my personal website where I share my life’s biggest passion: the great Montana outdoors.

Again, thank you for your support, both during my campaign for Senate and now as I recover.

– Jack Ballard