Longtime Newsom aide Ballard arrested on felony domestic violence charges

Prominent California Democratic strategist Nathan Ballard — a longtime friend and adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom — was arrested and jailed on two felony domestic violence charges in Napa that include an allegation of attempting to suffocate a four-year-old child with a pillow.

Ballard, 51, was booked on Oct. 18 on two felony charges of willful cruelty to a child with possible injury and death, and domestic violence, according to documents on file with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. He will be formally charged Thursday, according to Napa County Assistant District Attorney Paul Gero.

The founder of The Press Shop, a San Francisco-based public relations firm, Ballard is also currently on the board of The Representation Project, a nonprofit founded by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to advance women’s rights.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.