Veeneman opens bid for brother’s seat

12:00 pm | November 15, 2013

Judy Veeneman is entering the race to succeed her brother as the 4th District’s state representative, but don’t assume she’s trying to perpetuate family politics.

Photo by Brandon HicksJudy Veeneman announced today that she will run for the state representative’s seat that will be vacated when her brother, Kent Williams, steps down in 2014.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Judy Veeneman announced today that she will run for the state representative’s seat that will be vacated when her brother, Kent Williams, steps down in 2014.

“It’s not keeping it in the family,” Veeneman said. “Kent and I are two different people; we’re not always the same, and we’re not always on the same page with everything.”

“I will be a candidate in the Republican primary for state representative in the 4th District,” said Veeneman, sister of current Rep. Kent Williams, who is stepping down and plans to run for Carter County mayor.

It was in late August when Williams invited reporters to the office of Rainbow Realty & Auction to announce that he would not be seeking a fifth term in the Tennessee Legislature, which set speculation swirling as to where his potential replacements might be found.

As it turned out, the 4th District’s next representative might not have been very far away from where Williams made his announcement. Veeneman is Rainbow Realty & Auction’s principal broker.

Veeneman made her official announcement today at Creekers BBQ in Stoney Creek, and she will make a second announcement at 5 p.m. at Hawg ‘n’ Dawg in Erwin for the voters of Unicoi County.

Although Veeneman may not always agree with her brother, through visiting him in Nashville and through her own involvement in local politics – such as serving as president of the Carter County Republican Women’s Club – she said the relationships she developed could help facilitate a smooth transition from the Williams era.

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