Kyle Hall has been nominated by the Stokes and Rockingham county Republican Party Executive Committees to serve the remainder of former Rep. Bryan Holloway’s term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Hall was nominated Monday after the committees voted by secret ballot. He was the only nominee from Stokes County but ran against Rockingham County nominee Steve Herr.
“I am proud to be from Stokes County and am a proud product of Stokes County schools,” said Hall. “I want to see this state succeed.”
He said while he looked forward to serving the community no one could replace Bryan Holloway.
“He was able to rise to an education chair, a budget chair and came really close to being the next Speaker of the House,” said Hall. “He did what was right for Stokes and Rockingham counties.”
Herr said he was running for the position because he wanted to protect individual freedoms from the government.
“I worked with our county party and became a vice chair and then chairman in Rockingham,” he said. “Then I was elected to Sixth District Vice Chair. The representative should be someone who watches the law so we don’t make laws that supersede our rights. I am following several cases right now in a group of researchers into how the federal government has superseded our rights. I believe we can go into our general assembly and argue that the federal government does not have the right to create laws for the people.”
Hall said his previous experience working for the General Assembly as a research analyst for the Appropriations Committee would help him hit the ground running.
“I will do the best that I can to finish the work that Bryan started,” he said. “I am just a phone call, email or Facebook message away. I am going to go down there and make Raleigh take us seriously.”
Hall’s nomination will be sent to Gov. Pat McCrory who has 10 days to officially appoint Hall to the seat.
Hall noted that it could take two to three weeks for him to be appointed and get set up to serve the community, saying that in the interim any pressing issues should be sent to Bryan Holloway’s office.
“I look forward to serving all of you in Raleigh,” he added.
Hall, the son of two retired Stokes County educators, said he would make education his top priority 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.”
Holloway’s remaining term will expire at the end of 2016, with a new representative being elected next November.
A recent statewide change in primary dates, moving that election to March 15, means the filing period for the seat will be this December.
Filing will begin at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and end at noon on Monday, Dec. 21.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.