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Rusty Holderness
Former candidate for
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
ProfessionPresident and owner of Rural Equity Corp
Campaign website
Rusty Holderness was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


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.[1]


Campaign themes


Holderness's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

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."



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place 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 was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5][6][7]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Willingham (advanced to runoff) 35.6% 2,978
Green check mark transparent.pngRusty Holderness (advanced to runoff) 30.4% 2,543
Taro Knight 20.5% 1,715
Bronson Williams 13.5% 1,126
Total Votes 8,362
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23, Run-off Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Willingham (advanced to general election) 52.2% 2,702
Rusty Holderness 47.8% 2,478
Total Votes 5,180


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.[1]

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