Holsclaw defeats Lingerfelt to retain House seat

Published 11:21 pm Thursday, August 4, 2016

It was a dominant showing Thursday night for John Holsclaw, Jr.
The Representative for the 4th District from the Tennessee House won decisive over challenger Tim Lingerfelt, from Erwin, 2,946 to 1,483 at the conclusion of election night in Northeast Tennessee for the Republican Primary election.
Votes compiled from the election were from the House’s area in Carter and Unicoi counties. Holsclaw, Jr. went on to win Carter County 1980 to Lingerfelt’s 433 – garnering 81 percent of the vote. The Congressman stated he was excited for his next two years of serving the area.
“We’re extremely excited with the results,” Holsclaw told the Elizabethton Star Thursday night. “I’m looking forward to continue serving Carter and Unicoi counties.”
While the decision was a welcomed sight for Holsclaw, Jr., the Congressman did add the he was a little disappointed with voter turnout.
“That’s the only thing that is a little upsetting,” he said. “We would of liked to have seen a better turnout. We’ve had so many people sacrifice their lives to give us that opportunity but I’m very humbled for the people that turned out and show their support.”
Holsclaw, Jr. first assumed his role with Congress by defeating Judy Veeneman in 2014 during the Republican Primary. He went on to secure the role outright with a victory of Independent candidate Rob Martin.
Holsclaw, Jr. went on to add he will continue working in Congress for second amendment rights and working for veteran affairs in the area.
“Over the next two years, I will look at continuing to reduce taxes and raise funds for our area,” Holsclaw, Jr. said. “We’re in such a conservative part of the state and we look forwarding to continuing our work to make this part of the state.
Holsclaw, Jr. is currently running unopposed in the upcoming November election with no Democratic Party candidate on the ballot.
State Rep. Timothy Hill, whose district also includes a portion of Carter County, was unopposed in the primary and will move on the General Election in November where he will once again run unopposed.

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