Holly wins Republican nomination for property assessor

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff

Unofficial results for the Republican primary for assessor of property reveal Gerald Holly wins the race over George D. Fortner, Jr., and Ted Weaver.
   Holly received 2,882 votes, while Weaver garnered 888 votes and Fortner 844 votes. In all, 4,617 votes were tallied for the Republican nominee for the assessor of property in the August general election.
   "I thank all the people in Carter County that supported me and all those that encouraged me to run. I will continue to do the best job I can. I would like for everyone to keep me in their prayers as I know that is the most important thing. And I look forward to the general election in August," Holly said after hearing he won 62 percent of the vote.
   Holly was elected in April 2003 by the Carter County Commission to fill the shoes of retiring Johnny Holsclaw as Interim Assessor of Property until the next election. He previously served as the Deputy Assessor.
   "I feel like my experience helped. I worked hard and I appreciate the confidence the voters had in me. Any time you have a competition, you have to work hard," Holly said.
   County Mayor Dale Fair said, "Congratulations to Gerald Holly. All three were good candidates, but this will bring continuity to the office."
   Fair stressed the importance of continuity from the previous assessor to the interim and now to the newly elected nominee.
   Since a democratic nominee did not run against Holly in the primary election, only a write-in candidate or independent candidate can oppose him on the ballot.
   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.
   He is the son of Lawrence Beady Holly and the late Mary Holly. He has four siblings, Wes Holly, Freddie Holly, a twin brother Darrell Holly, and a sister, the late Geraldine "Peggy" Holly.