Holland keeps House seat
It wasn't even close this time around for Rep. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who easily regained his District 10 seat at the statehouse in Tuesday's election.
Holland received 4,320 votes for 61 percent of the vote, compared to his Republican challenger from Ottawa, Roy Dunn, who had 2,524 votes for 36 percent. Libertarian candidate Robert Garrard of Edgerton had 192 votes for 2 percent.
"I'm pretty pleased," Holland said Wednesday morning. "I'm just extremely pleased that I got such a strong affirmation for what I'm doing. I just really feel good about what the people said I'm doing for them.
"I also want to thank Roy Dunn for running a positive campaign," he said. "I wish him the best as he continues to serve as a Franklin County Commissioner."
Holland's victory was so convincing that he even carried Dunn's county 49 percent to 47 percent.
"Well, I think we could have done better if I'd had Franklin County support," said Dunn, who partially attributed low support to dissatisfaction with Republicans in Washington, D.C.
Holland agreed, saying that's what he was hearing from his constituents when he went door to door during this year's campaign.
"There was also some angst out there from people who felt the federal government wasn't doing what they should," said Holland. "People were turned off to the national campaign and all the mudslinging.
"Nationally, the people want their politicians to work together," he said.
While Holland was pleased with the numbers from Franklin County's six precincts in the district, he was even happier with Douglas County's 10 precincts which had his numbers at 70 percent.
"I'm real excited about it," said Holland. "I want to thank Baldwin City for giving me another opportunity.
"I think that when the voters looked at the candidates, the liked what I was working on," he said. "I felt like I got confirmation of how I served. Everyone thought I was working on the right things."
The election was in contrast to the race two years ago when Holland edged Republican opponent Rich Lorenzo by a slim 50-48 percent margin.