Holly took the oath to succeed T.J. Little as city judge. Little died late last year, leaving the city without a judge. The City Council rectified that on Thursday evening by electing Holly to be the interim judge in a field of five candidates. The other candidates were: Mark Dugger, Collins Landstreet II, Teresa Murray Smith and John W. Walton.
In his letter to the city expressing his interest in the portion, Holly said most of his work has been criminal law in Sessions and Criminal Court and that “I had the honor of appearing before the Honorable T.J. Little on numerous occasions representing clients on traffic and code violations.”
Holly has lived most of his life in Elizabethton and graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1991. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1996 and graduated with honors from Cumberland Law School in Birmingham, Ala. in 2000.
Holly’s appointment is only until the next Carter County Primary, which takes place in August. The winner of that election will also have a short term, as there will be a city election in November in which a candidate will be elected to complete the rest of Little’s term.
Holly said he is planning to run in both the August and the November elections.