Reece Pyrtle, candidate for NC House District 65

Name: Reece Pyrtle

Political party: Republican

Age as of Nov. 8, 2022: 55

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Occupation: Retired law enforcement officer

Education: Appalachian State University, Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice

Have you run for elected office before? I was elected commissioner for Rockingham County on Nov. 8, 2016. Following the untimely passing of state Rep. Jerry Carter, I was appointed to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly as the representative from Rockingham County.

Please list highlights of your civic involvement: Reece joined the Eden Police Department in May 1990 and has held a variety of positions over the years. On March 2, 2009, he was appointed chief of police for the City of Eden. Reece retired as the chief of police from the Eden Police Department in January 2018.

What are the three issues that you see as most important to your district and what will you do to address them?

Inflation and rising prices; economy and jobs; taxes and spending. I will stand for small government and pro-freedom policies that create jobs and promote growth of local economies.

At a time when costs are rising, state government has a surplus. How should it be used?

We should seek to cut taxes on the working families and small businesses of our state in order to promote growth of local economies and create more jobs.

Will you vote for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina?


What has the legislature gotten right, and what has it gotten wrong, about public education in North Carolina?

We need to have parents more involved in the education of their children.

Should North Carolina change its abortion laws? How?

There should be a ban on abortion, with some exceptions.

Please add anything else voters should know about your position on the legality or availability of abortion in North Carolina.

I believe in the right to life and stand against abortion in all circumstances except rape or incest.

Should medical marijuana be legalized in North Carolina?


What, if anything, should the legislature do to shape curriculum dealing with topics of race, sexuality and gender?

Social issues should be taught by parents, not the government.

Do you accept the results of the 2020 presidential election?