|Former candidate for|
|North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of North Carolina|
|Profession||President and owner of Rural Equity Corp|
Holderness earned his B.S. in Industrial Relations from UNC at Chapel Hill in 1973. His professional experience includes serving as President and Owner of Rural Equity Corp.
Holderness's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Economic Opportunities and Job Creation
- Excerpt: "Small businesses are now the economic drivers. We must find ways to encourage new economic opportunities for small business owners and to uncover new, nontraditional economic opportunities in service businesses, including tourism, agriculture and technology based initiatives."
- Excerpt: "Improvements in education begin at the grassroots level – in the local schools and are of vital importance in today’s economic climate. If we don’t adjust the curriculum to meet today’s advancements in technology and return to a commitment in job skills training, it is our children who will suffer the long term consequences. Traditional blue collar jobs and on-the-job-training are almost a thing of the past. We must bring our education systems inline with today’s job skills in technology, in medicine, in agriculture and in service businesses."
- Excerpt: "While the State’s Medicaid system needs study and reform, this decision makes healthcare less available to working poor, college students and seniors while the overall issues are addressed. Studies indicate that people in this gap of coverage will go without medications and preventatives tests. Medicaid expansion would have been an economic and humanitarian plus for North Carolina."
Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Shelly Willingham and Rusty Holderness defeated Taro Knight and Bronson Williams in the Democratic primary. Willingham defeated Holderness in the July 15 run-off primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
|North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23, Run-off Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Shelly Willingham (advanced to general election)||52.2%||2,702|
Holderness and his wife, Mary Ann, have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He is a member of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, and a founding member of the Edgecombe County Tourism Development Authority. He is also a board member on the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and Tarboro Community Outreach. He also served as the past president of NC Society of Farm Managers and Tri County Industries.
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- North Carolina House of Representatives
- North Carolina State Legislature
- North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014
- North Carolina House of Representatives District 23
- Official campaign website
- Rusty Holderness on Facebook
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, Official primary candidate list
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, Official general election candidate list
- Official campaign website, "Meet Rusty," accessed April 18, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 18, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "07/15/2014 Unofficial Second Primary Election Results - Statewide," accessed July 16, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Candidate List Grouped by Contest," accessed March 7, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "General Election Candidate List Grouped by Contest," accessed August 12, 2014
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