OAK ISLAND, N.C. – State Representative Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) confirmed that that he will seek re-election this year. Iler, a retired businessman who lives on Oak Island with his wife, Jackie, was selected to fill the vacancy created by Rep. Bonner Stiller’s resignation last year.
“Since taking office last June, I have cast over 600 votes, answered over 800 e-mails, letters and phone calls from Brunswick County residents and visited with citizens in all parts of the county,” said Iler. “Representing the people of Brunswick County in Raleigh is both a great honor and a tremendous responsibility – a responsibility I take very seriously.”
“In this difficult economy, families and small business owners throughout Brunswick County are tightening their belts and making tough decisions; government has a responsibility to do the same,” Rep. Iler added. “My professional experience as a cost accountant and budget supervisor will help me serve as a strong voice for common-sense fiscal policies that make wise use of the taxpayers’ money and reduce the burden on our hard-working families and small businesses.”
“While the votes we cast are important, so is the opportunity to help citizens in the district make their state government work better for them,” Rep. Iler added. “Sometimes we are able to help their voices be heard, and other times actually get some action out of the bureaucracy. If re-elected, I will strive to continue offering personal, responsive constituent service for the people of Brunswick County.”
Rep. Iler also announced a number of endorsements, including:
• Brunswick County Board of Education member Shirley Babson, who has agreed to serve as campaign chairman;
• Former Rep. Bonner Stiller
• County Commission Chairman Bill Sue
• County Commission Vice Chairman Phil Norris
• County Commissioners Marty Cooke and Scott Phillips
• Board of Education Chairman Bud Thorsen
• Board of Education Vice Chairman Scott Milligan
• Board of Education members Charlie Miller and Catherine Cooke
• Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace
• Shallotte Mayor Buddy Kelly
• Belville Mayor Jack Batson
• Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor Richard White
• Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby.
Frank Iler came to North Carolina at the age of fourteen. He is an Eagle Scout, as are his son and grandson. He graduated from Greensboro Senior High School and went on to earn a degree in business from Campbell University. Rep. Iler was actively involved in the North Carolina Jaycees in the 1970s and more recently served on the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees. Iler’s professional experience includes working as a cost accountant and budget supervisor in the textile industry, owning a fast food franchise and several sales and marketing positions. He has served as Chairman of the Brunswick County Republican Party, Chairman of the 7th Congressional District Republican Party and as a precinct chairman. Frank and Jackie Iler live on Oak Island and are members of Southport Baptist Church, where he has served as a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon.