Challengers could await Cochran

By Thomas Wilson

   Incumbent Rep. Jerome Cochran may have some company on the Republican primary ballot come Aug. 5.
   Former county assessor of property John B. Holsclaw has picked up candidacy papers from the Carter County Election Commission office seeking the Republican nomination for the 4th District House of Representatives seat currently held by Cochran. The state primary will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, to select party nominees for the Nov. 2 general election.
   Holsclaw, 581 Jobe Road, served as the county's tax assessor for 27 years until announcing his retirement just over one year ago. Holsclaw notified County Mayor Dale Fair by letter that his retirement would become effective on March 31, 2003. In his letter, Holsclaw expressed his desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason for his retirement.
   Sitting 6th District County Commissioner John D. Snyder is also looking to bounce from the courthouse to the state house. Snyder, 205 Clay Little Road, has picked up candidacy papers to challenge Cochran in the Republican primary, according to the Election Commission office.
   Snyder spent 22 years as a county commissioner before electing not to run in 1998. He was re-elected to a new term in 2002. He is currently a member of the county Planning Commission.
   The Election Commission office also reported that Robin Fugate had picked up his candidacy papers to seek the Democratic nomination for the House seat in August. A prospective candidate has until noon, April 1, to file candidacy papers with the Election Commission to have his or her name placed on the ballot.
   Cochran knocked off incumbent Ralph Cole two years ago in the GOP primary by just over 300 votes. He easily won the general election held in November 2002 after Cole's supporters mounted a write-in campaign.