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Holsclaw Jr. beats Veeneman in 4th state house primary

August 8th, 2014 12:19 am by Staff Reports

Holsclaw Jr. beats Veeneman in 4th state house primary


ELIZABETHTON — John B. Holsclaw Jr. ran a strong race in Carter and Unicoi counties to defeat Judy Veeneman in the primary race for the 4th House of Representatives district Thursday.

Holsclaw will face Democrat Rob Martin in the November general election. Martin was unopposed in the Democratic primary and received 220 complimentary votes.

Holsclaw got off to a huge early lead as the votes were counted. In early voting, he received 2,882 votes to 1,375 votes for Veeneman. That represented 67 percent of the vote.

Holsclaw ran strong throughout the sections of the county in the 4th District.

Although the two are newcomers to politics, they are members of political families. Holsclaw is the son of John Holsclaw Sr., who was property assessor for Carter County for many years.

Veeneman is the sister of Kent Williams, who held the 4th district job for the past four years before choosing to mount a campaign for Carter County mayor this election season that he eventually lost to incumbent Leon Humphrey.

In other Carter County voting Thursday:

• Johnny Blankenship won the Circuit Court Clerk’s office race over John “Buddy” Street. Donna McKinney was a write-in candidate in the race.

• In the superintendent of roads race, Roger Colbaugh easily won over write-in candidate Jason Shell.

• Keith Bowers Jr. had a large lead in the race to succeed John Walton as Sessions Court Judge. Bowers had 4,177 votes to Misty Buck’s 1,398 votes in early voting.

• Timothy Hill led Kevin Parsons by a vote of 707 to 105 in the Carter County portion of the 3rd District state representative’s race.

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