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VOTE 2010: Crowded New Hanover commission field narrowed

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Now that the New Hanover Co. sales tax increase has passed, the question is: who will be on the commission to deal with the budget. It was a crowded race with four Democrats and seven Republicans seeking the two nominations for each party.

On the Democratic side, Deborah Butler and Sid Causey garnered the most votes followed by Dale Smith and Tom Gale.

"First of all, there was no soap in the ladies room and the air conditioner is not working, so apparently we've made a couple of cuts already," Butler said. "I'll have to get in to the budget to see what we need to fine-tune and surgically re-do some things."

As for Republicans, Rick Catlin received 29 percent of the votes. Incumbent Bill Caster came in second. He was followed closely by Brian Berger, which may lead to a run-off.

"We still have some cuts to make, but I think we can find those efficiencies," Catlin said.

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WHEN WILL THEY LEARN

I just did the the numbers 25,949 voted only 20,190 voted for commissioners spots for the general election. That means 22% of everyone that voted "DID NOT VOTE" for any commissioner spots so your telling me and all of the voters, New Hanover County Board of Elections just a little under 1/4 of all the voters didn't vote for a commissioner!!! and out of the 25,674 that voted only 275 THAT IS .01% didn't vote on the sale tax increase. YOU THE EDUCATED DECIDED

Fire Caster. Hire Berger.

We need to get Berger to run and beat Caster so we can finally get someone on the New Hanover County Board of Commmissioners who cares about taxpayers and has alot of good ideas...not just looking out for the corrupt special interests. Berger is exactly what this County needs, and Caster needs to go. Far. Far away.

Let's get Brian Berger elected so there's at least one commissioner who doesn't like more taxes and isn't part of the backroom deals.

ABC

ANYONE but Caster. The corruption and disregard for fiscal responsibility has gone on for too long.