The executive committees of the Stokes and Rockingham County Republican parties will vote Monday on their choice for the next District 91 representative to the N.C. House of Representatives.
Former Rep. Bryan Holloway announced his resignation from the post in October. The public will vote in a new representative next fall, but until then it falls on the local party to nominate a replacement. Once they do so, the governor will be expected to appoint that nominee to the position for the remainder of Holloway’s term.
“We will be meeting at 5 p.m. in the large courtroom in Danbury,” said Stokes County Republican Party President Virginia Smith. “The group will consist of representatives from portions of Rockingham County and from Stokes County and they will vote on who will fill that seat.”
Smith said currently only one candidate, King’s Kyle Hall, had been confirmed.
“I don’t know if there are any candidates from Rockingham County,” she said.
Hall said Monday that he looked forward to the chance to serve the community if he is nominated to fill the seat.
Hall said he has loved politics since he was a student at Pinnacle Elementary School.
“When I got to West Stokes High School I started the Republican club there and carried that with me to college at UNC Chapel Hill,” he said. “After college I worked for Americans for Prosperity, a conservative agency that fights for lower taxes and less regulations. I served as the Western North Carolina field director for them.”
Hall then worked for the General Assembly as a research analyst for the Appropriations Committee, helping to write a biennium budget while the state was faced with a $2 billion shortfall.
“While I was doing that I helped Bill Southern with his campaign and I would always run into this guy called Mark Walker,” said Hall. Walker soon was elected at the area’s representative in Congress. “After he won the election he called me and asked me to work as his field representative. Then in October he asked me to become his director of communications.”
Hall said if he is appointed to fill the vacated seat he would continue to work for Walker, although possibly in a different capacity while the General Assembly is in session.
Hall said his history of service makes him an ideal candidate because he could hit the ground running.
“We need someone who can go down there on day one who already has contacts and is able to get things done,” he said. “I believe I can be that person. I am a product of Stokes County and I want to see not only our state succeed but I want to see Raleigh take us seriously. I want to go down there and make a difference.”
Hall, the son of two retired Stokes County educators, said he would make education his top priority if he has a chance to serve in Raleigh.
“We need to help our teachers,” he said. “We need to pay them better. They are the backbone of this economy. We also need to be a better business friendly state. Some more work needs to be done on that, especially in rural areas.
“We also need to do something about our infrastructure,” he added. “This is not an easy fix that the state can handle alone. It needs to be a partnership with the state and the local governments.”
Hall added that he had been overwhelmed by the support the community had shown him since he announced his interest in the position.
“I think this is the right time for me to run,” he said. “I hope the executive committee will see that as well. We need someone who can start on day one and not need a learning curve. I have been down there before and care about this area and want to see Raleigh take us seriously ad get some good things happening here.”
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