Brunswick Co. Commissioner’s challenge sets up House primary battle
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Commissioner announced this Thursday morning she is running for the NC House seat next year. Pat Sykes is taking on incumbent Representative and fellow Republican Frank Iler.
Iler has won the past four elections and said he is used to running against a primary.
Sykes said she is looking to step outside of her county commission district and work on positive teamwork on a state level. She wants better communication between state, county, and local governments.
Iler wants to continue creating jobs and lowering taxes.
“I’ve been able to accomplish almost anything the county wants and I’ve been able to improve roads and education,” Iler said. “We’ve increased education since I’ve been there from $7.5 billion to $9 billion in public education.”
“One of the main objectives is keeping taxes low and pushing to pay as we go with parks and senior centers,” Sykes said. “That keeps us from having to borrow money for these extra benefits we want.”
If Sykes wins she said the first thing she plans to do is learn all she can about the position then get to work. Iler said he would continue working on the projects he has started including a highway to connect the county with South Carolina.