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Holding wins House race, vows to slash spending
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Holding wins House race, vows to slash spending
Republican former prosecutor beats Democrat Charles Malone

A tough-talking former federal prosecutor who wants to slash spending and shrink debt will represent Wilson County in the U.S. House.

Republican George Holding defeated Democrat Charles Malone in the race to represent the 13th Congressional District. The Associated Press declared Holding the winner with a 60-40 advantage as votes were still being counted Tuesday night. The race ended with Holding securing 57 percent of the vote.

"Clearly, the No. 1 issue for everyone is the economy and how we’re going to turn the economy around,” Holding said. "My philosophy is you’ve got to get a handle on government debt and you need to empower small businesses.”

Holding said his message of responsible government spending has resonated with voters in Wilson and surrounding counties.

"We’ve been working really hard going all over the district and I’ve been getting really good feedback in all parts of the district in every stop we’ve made,” he said. "This confirms the good feedback. It’s an honor to be able to serve the folks in the 13th District. The real hard work starts tomorrow.”

Malone expressed disappointment in the outcome, but he acknowledged "the people have spoken.”

"I’m disappointed, but we’ve done the best we could with the resources we had,” he said Tuesday night. "We had a good discussion of the issues, and democracy has run its course.”

Holding watched the votes come in with family and supporters at the Velvet Cloak Hotel in Raleigh.

"Someone came and got me in the other room and said the AP has called it, so I have a lot of congratulations from my family,” he said.

Holding said his first act as representative-elect will be assembling his constituent services staff.

"Everyone who works for me will understand that constituent services is job No. 1,” he said.

Holding is a former United States attorney for North Carolina’s eastern district. A Raleigh native, he earned his law degree from Wake Forest University and served on the Washington staff of conservative Sen. Jesse Helms.

Malone said he believes most North Carolinians share his vision of a state where the public and private sectors work together to create jobs.

The Raleigh native who works in human resources for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources said he hasn’t ruled out another run for public office.

"I’m going to take a few days off after the race,” he said. "I think we just have to wait and see. It’s just too early to tell what I do next. Politics often goes in cycles. We may be on the sidelines for a little while, but we’ll see what works and what doesn’t.”

Both Holding and Malone said job creation is their primary goal, but they have differing views on the federal government’s proper role in citizens’ lives.

Holding wants to slash spending and reduce the tax burden on businesses. Malone said the government should invest in alternative energy and partner with private industry to put more people to work.

"We want the same ends,” Malone said last month, "but our means of getting there are different.”

Holding will represent North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, which now includes western Wilson County and portions of Wayne, Edgecombe, Nash, Franklin, Wayne, Durham, Granville and Vance counties.

U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, a five-term Democrat representing the 13th District in its old formation — which did not include Wilson County — announced this year that he wouldn’t run for re-election. The redistricting process placed him in a fellow Democratic lawmaker’s district. | 265-7821

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"slash" said...

Slash spending? I didn't know the Guns and Roses guitarist had a last name. Seriously though, what spending, exactly, does he propose to "slash?" Anybody know?

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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