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Primary 2018: Frank Iler Beats Challenger Pat Sykes For NC House 17 Republican Nomination

Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick County) won his primary battle against Pat Sykes and is seeking his fifth term.

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.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.