Holly, Weaver, Fortner candidates for assessor of property

By Lesley Jenkins

Three Carter County men have announced their candidacy for the office of assessor of property. At the county Republican primary on Feb. 10, voters can choose between George Fortner, Gerald Holly and Ted Weaver for the position.
   Early voting started Jan. 21 and continues through Feb. 5 at the election commission office in the Carter County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Absentee votes will be accepted until Feb. 3 by mail.
   Fortner was born and raised in Carter County. He lived in the city of Elizabethton for many years, before moving to 120 Bear Cage Road, Roan Mountain. He and his wife, Lucy, have two children, Jonathan Fortner and Carrie Buckles.
   Fortner is the son of the late Dan and Velma Fortner. His sisters are Ruby Ensor, Georgia Moore, Hazel Rader and the late Charlotte "Effie" Ward.
   He has over 25 years of working in the home building industry at Builders Supply, Paty's and Lowe's.
   Holly was raised in Carter County in the Hunter area, before moving to 1393 Bristol Highway in the Keenburg community when he married Gloria Sams Holly. They have one son, Jeremy Holly and a daughter in law, Michelle Hughes Holly.
   Holly has been serving as the interim assessor of property, since the former assessor of property, John Holsclaw, retired in April.
   He is the son of Lawrence Beady Holly and the late Mary Holly. He has four siblings, Wes Holly, Freddie Holly, twin brother Darrell Holly, and his sister is the late Geraldine "Peggy" Holly.
   Ted Weaver, 180 Rainbow Circle, has also been a lifelong resident of Carter County. He is married to the former Janet R. Little and they have two sons, Ryan and Trever. His parents are the late James G. and Ruby Braswell Weaver.
   He is self employed and helped operate Weaver's Self Service for 32 years. He was a county commissioner from 1994-2002. He served on the Finance and Nomination committees and chairman of the Industrial Committee.