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Carolyn Holt-Clawson
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Board member, Hamblen County Board of Education, Districts 5 & 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 7, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Master'sthe University of Tennessee-Knoxville
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Carolyn Holt-Clawson holds the Districts 5 & 6 seat on the Hamblen County Board of Education in Tennessee. She won re-election on August 7, 2014.


After graduating from Morristown Hamblen West High School, Holt-Clawson earned an M.S. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is the Director of Volunteer Department at the Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System and is currently serving as president of the Tennessee Dietetic Association. Holt-Clawson is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and licensed to practice dietetics in the State of Tennessee. She has achieved the distinction of Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and is a former "Outstanding Dietitian of the Year" in Tennessee. She is married to James Clawson and has one son.[1]



See also: Hamblen County Schools elections (2014)


In the August 7, 2014 general election, former board member Shahin Assadnia ran unopposed in Districts 1 & 2. Incumbent Carolyn Holt-Clawson ran unopposed in Districts 5 & 6, incumbent Janice Haun ran unopposed in Districts 9 & 10 and incumbent Clyde Kinder ran unopposed in Districts 11 & 12.


Hamblen County School District, Districts 5 & 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Holt-Clawson 100% 767
Total Votes 767
Source:, "Election Results," August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Holt-Clawson did not file a campaign finance report with the Hamblen County Election Commission.[2]


Holt-Clawson did not receive any official endorsements in this election.


Holt-Clawson also ran unopposed in 2010.

Hamblen County School District, Districts 5 & 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Holt-Clawson 100% 1,267
Total Votes 1,267
Source:, "August 2010 General and Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014

Campaign themes

Holt-Clawson stated the following as her themes for 2014:

What are your goals for the board?

1) Focus on the P-16 Goal of making education the number one priority in Hamblen County
2) Provide leadership in the strategic planning process and board development leading to a unified team approach throughout the entire school district
3) Implement new and enhance existing programs and services in the Hamblen County School District that will directly impact student achievement in all subject areas.
4) Expand the early childhood education program
5) Involve parents, business and industry, elected officials and other community groups in programs that will benefit the academic environment for our students and staff
6) Safe learning environment for students and staff
7) Focus on our major responsibilities including a clear vision for the
school district, developing board policies, and promoting the school district
8) Improve communication with the community and elected officials focusing on the school improvement plan and the financial impact of the plan to achieve system-wide goals.
9) Staff Development of personnel in the school district.

What are your areas of expertise on the board? What do you bring to the table?
Management experience in goals setting, strategic planning, and budgeting
Expertise in child health and nutrition matters
Program development and implementation
Networking and relationship building.

What do you see as two major issues facing Hamblen County Schools?
1)Budgeting and Finances-presenting system-wide needs, attaching these needs to the budget process, and educating the community of the impact finances has on the total picture of education in Hamblen County.

2) Continue to meet the challenge of educating an increasingly diverse population of students.

What do you see as the strong points of Hamblen County Schools?
Our system-wide personnel who exemplify a strong love and commitment for the academic and personal growth of children in Hamblen County.
Proactive approach to implementing programs and services within the school district.
Programs in our school district that involve community partnerships (Character Counts, DARE, HC*EXCELL teacher grants, Middle School Achievement Banquet).

If you could wave a magic wand and do one thing for Hamblen County Schools what would it be?
Additional funding that would allow competitive salaries for personnel, update existing facilities, and focus on technology improvements.[3]

—Hamblen County Schools website (2014) [4]

About the district

See also: Hamblen County Schools, Tennessee
Hamblen County Schools is located in Hamblen County, Tennessee
Hamblen County School District is located in Hamblen County, Tennessee. The county seat of Hamblen County is Morristown. Hamblen County is home to 63,074 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Hamblen County Schools is the 19th-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 10,323 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Hamblen County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.1 percent of Hamblen County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income in Hamblen County was $39,316 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The poverty rate in Hamblen County was 18.6 percent compared to 17.3 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Hamblen County (%) Tennessee (%)
White 91.9 79.3
Black or African American 4.5 17.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.4
Asian 0.9 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 10.9 4.8

Presidential Voting Pattern, Hamblen County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 5,234 14,522
2008 6,807 15,508
2004 7,433 14,742
2000 7,564 11,824

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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  1. Hamblen County Schools, "Carolyn Holt-Clawson," accessed July 8, 2014
  2. Hamblen County, "Election Commission," accessed July 8, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Hamblen County Schools, "Carolyn Holt-Clawson," accessed July 8, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hamblen County, Tennessee," accessed July 7, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  7. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed July 7, 2014
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.