Frank Iler has served four terms as the North Carolina Representative for District 17. Now this Brunswick County Republican heads into a general election for the fifth time.
Frank Iler was appointed to his House seat in 2009. He won reelection four more times and is seeking his fifth term. Despite a hard-fought primary challenge from current Brunswick County Commissioner Patricia Sykes, Iler prevailed with 61% of the vote to Sykes’ 39%. Now, he says, there’s work to do on water quality.
"Now, DEQ had a $228 million budget per year. We thought they could do the job with that, but apparently, that wasn’t enough. But GenX is under control to some degree. I know that the media, the newspapers like to say the water’s not safe, but it appears to be safe to drink."
Iler says he plans to work on a compromise bill that the state Senate will accept for funding of further water quality initiatives – including a high-resolution mass spectrometer and additional staff.
But first, Iler has to beat Democrat Tom Simmons in November.