Holly remains tax assessor

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  The race for County Assessor of Property was essentially unopposed for Republican nominee Gerald Holly except for the only qualified write-in candidate, George Fortner. Holly pulled out the victory by a margin of 5,361 votes.
  Unofficial results reveal almost 23 percent of the countys' 30,153 registered voters turned out for Thursday's county general and statewide primary election. Holly received 5,461 votes, including 206 from absentee ballots. The write-in candidate was voted for 100 times during Thursdays' rainy election.
  In response to finding out the totals, Holly said, "I appreciate the continued confidence the people of Carter County have placed in me. In the 16 months I was placed in as interim tax assessor I have tried to do the best job I can."
  While serving for the next four years, Holly plans to work with the citizens to make Elizabethton and Carter County "a great place." Although he is prepared to do the best job he can for four years, he doesn't want to make the decision about running for the job again. "The Bible says to live for today and let the Lord take care of tomorrow," Holly said.
  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.