By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Jared Holbrook won a three-way race to become the Republican nominee for Quincy 3rd Ward alderman in the April 9 general election, where he will face Mike Martin, the Democratic nominee.
Holbrook received 236 votes to 106 for Kenneth E. Hultz and 19 for Richard "Rich" Nichols.
"I'm surprised. I find it quite humbling that I would get that many votes on this kind of day," Holbrook said.
A 31-year-old Federal Express driver, Holbrook has been knocking on doors and making phone calls to prospective voters since shortly after Christmas. Holbrook also was endorsed by Alderman Kyle Moore, R-3, who is vacating his City Council seat to challenge incumbent Mayor John Spring.
Hultz, owner of Hultz We Care Auto Care, called to congratulate Holbrook on his victory.
"My hat's off to him. I'm sure Kyle's endorsement helped Jared, but he earned a lot of those votes. He has worked hard," Hultz said.
Martin could not be reached for comment after Holbrook won the Republican primary. Martin campaigned for an Adams County Board seat last year, but withdrew his candidacy before the election.
Holbrook hopes his campaigning for the primary gives him a running start in the general election.
"I've been to about 2,000 homes and they will see me again. It's all about meeting that constituent face to face," Holbrook said.
Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm said only 361 ballots were cast in the county's only primary election. There are 4,147 registered voters in the 3rd Ward, giving a turnout of 8.73 percent.
"I'm sure the weather was part of the low turnout. Roads were fine after 9 a.m., but I'm sure the snow kept some of the elderly away," Volm said.