Thompson changes course, will run for re-election

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Submitted: Wed, 02/29/2012 - 1:58pm
Updated: Wed, 02/29/2012 - 6:04pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jason Thompson is not done running for office after all. The first-term New Hanover County Commissioner changed his mind this morning and announced he will run for re-election despite saying earlier that he would not run.

Thompson made the announcement when he called into Chad Adams’s morning show on The Big Talker FM. He said a lot changed in the past 24 hours, and he feels this is the best decision for the county.

“There is a lot of stuff up in the air, and I just thought the citizens and the employees and, you know, everybody could benefit from some stability,” Thompson said. “If it required a little bit more sacrifice on my part, I was willing to do it.”

While he and Jonathan Barfield are running for re-election, if they lose, it would leave Brian Berger as the commission’s only incumbent. Thompson feels a rookie board would not be best now, as there are so many other changes taking place within county management.

Thompson said there’s two big things that need to be worked on.

“We are going to have to get our solid waste, you know, landfill, incinerator division settled, and we’re going to have to build a relationship with the city that’s better than the one that we currently have,” Thompson said.

Thompson told WWAY he started reconsidering his decision not to run after fellow commissioners Rick Catlin and Ted Davis decided to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Now, he says their decisions and his will potentially benefit New Hanover County.

“The relationship I have with them now is going to be crucial when they win, and we can do a lot for the county at the state level, so that had a lot to do with my decision,” Thompson said. “I think we are going to get a lot more done than we have in the past.”

Thompson said he was not going to run because he wanted to step away from public life. This morning he said part of what led him to run after all is that his 13-year-old son is a “political junkie.”


  • Becky71 and Joseph says:


    Someone keep that low-taxes, limited government, accountability seeking and transparency pushin “wacko” Commmissioner Berger in “check”:

    Louise McColl, leader of Team Barfield-Thompson and their four year or more spending free for all (get ready for tax increases folks) has those who favor wasteful projects and priorities like stadiums and convention centers and arts councils HATE the more responsible Commissioner Berger who is the lone fiscal conservative and common sense straightshooter when the cameras aren’t rolling. Berger’s personal life is his business, he has more character and kindness toward others than anyone in office, but he is alone–being opposed to spending on non-priority costly (to you) projects benefitting few at the expense of most citizens, earning Commiss. Berger anger & vicious personal attacks from a handful of beneficiaries and invested parties (even commissioners make money off some of their votes on projects).

    Berger is a nice guy, caring, sincere, not a good politician but a good person, something we need more of in public office, not incumbents and smooth manipulators who have used their media allies, PR machine, hundreds of thousands of dollars, to create, perpetuate and instill a caricature of Brian that is character assassination, intended to use every opportunity to sell a series of lies so those who have never met Commissioner Berger have this false idea that he is stupid, label him as retarded, and exploit money, media (and Berger’s own mistakes) to make you think Brian is some “serial killer” as Barfield called him when you’ll never meet a nicer guy or more open public servant. Berger wasn’t elected to construct stadiums and monuments to big spending (paid with tax dollars), and he is surrounded by four bigger spending commissioners with each having their own projects like stadiums and pipe laying to build at taxpayer expense.

    I gaurantee Barfield-Thompson, married to each other politically, indifferent to those struggling, and it’s likely those who post in blogs anonymously are cowardly beneficiaries of wasteful spending and tax incentives to pay for garbage projects we dont need in NHC, Titan to come here and get $4 million for 40 low-paying jobs, making information available to the public, prioritizing low CFPUA rates, fiscal conservatism, no handouts to the special interests of McColl and others who benefit from projects (convention center, stadium, parties for the priveledged, Hugo Neu) he is, that Berger, really stuck on some “crazy” ideas…

    …like fixing economic development to actually bring jobs and responsible budgets from the county.

    People fear berger for stickng to his guns after all he’s been through and been put through and he still quietly does what he said when he ran (with some mistakes, he’s no perfection). He’s actually a really nice, caring and intelligent person, shy for a politician, who has integrity we dont expect from public officials.

    He is under such a barrage from those who want to “keep him in check” (translation: destroy his reputation and assasinate his character)but if you look behind the fake names in anonymous postings you find those with ties to Titan and other projects, PR firms like McColl and associates, the media, county staff with too much time and job insecurities, the good ole boys…to know Commissioner Brian Berger is to know he’s not how the media portrays him. He has had huge amounts of money and effort has been spent to tear him down, but he doesn’t crack.

    Jason used to be alot more like Berger a decade ago before he became an entrenched run-of-the-mill incumbent who now does whatever liberal Jonathan Barfield asks of him. Barfield is a bad influence and they are too close, one needs to go, or both, and Berger just needs some fresh faces with good intentions to serve on the Board with him.

    Talk to Berger before you judge him. You might be very surprised to find a true “public servant” against the status quo not an arrogant incumbent who created outr current problems.

    Berger spends hours and hours with prospective foster parents, biological parents, the needy, mentally ill, real families and real people with real issues working through Social Services. He’s the only Commissioner to show any real concern not just look for a reporter to pose for or political advantage. He just cares.

    We need more of that, people like Brian in office not more lawyers, self-dealers, schemers like ted davis jr. and team thompson-barfield (the tax and spend team needs to be broken up they are horrible as a team running the county).

    Most people would probably find if they talked to Berger and not the lies in the media that they share his priorities and we do NOT bowling alleys and stadiums when so many are struggling and children in need of homes.

    I never met Brian before he was elected, neither did my husband, but he did something no other official would, spending many hours to support our work and loving home where we have fostered children for many, many years. Commissioner Berger is for the taxpayers, not in any way a criminal but a victim of domestic abuse and then further victimized by a court system and law enforcement and lccal politicians and media who steadfastly avoid the truth and have printed and aired anything anti-Berger without even considering the accuracy of their reporting.

    If being a fiscal conservative, honorable, promise-keeping and real, genuine faithful public servant like Commissioner Berger happens to be makes him a “Whacko” then my husband I are whackos. So are many wilmingtonians and county residents who dont depend on government for fancy living and anonymous dispicable attacks on a truly nice, intelligent leader who is the last person deserving of such deplorable attacks. I’ll take Berger and his fiscal conservatism over team Barfield-Thompson and their spend on everything ways…Berger needs another fiscal conservative or several to be more effective, he cant work miracles with the current Board and incumbents who have supported the old ways of doing things for decades and will never change.

    We can’t as Christians engage in the lies and horrible attacks, leaks from county staff who must be looking for more raises, crimes against the people by some individuals in some agencies like Social Services, a Board Berger set the ideal for and role he excelled at…living up to his promise of “reform” and improvment. Please, please talk to Commissioner Berger (who perfers to be called “Brian”) and learn the truth that he is intelligent and has been treated terribly, labeled as guilty of crimes he never committed but was the victim. Brian is right on the issues, right in his character and integrity, and he needs more fiscal conservatives to be more effective. Voting for incumbents who intend to oppose Berger’s reforms and responsible government concept won’t change anything. That change is long overdue. He won’t be alone there are other good candidates, who have lots of experience too, so that argument is pure rhetoric. At least one of the two, Thompson or Barfield, need to check out of office. Probably Barfield. Thompson used to be more conservative and maybe without Barfield, would come back to serving the County and not senselessly attacking and undermining the good ideas and intentions of Commish Berger.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Re-electing the current commissioners, city council or mayor is just the same as Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. He never learns that no matter how many times he goes to kick it, Lucy will pull it out from under him.

    If New Hanover County re-elects this man and Barfiled then they get what they deserve.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Here we go again more babbling worthless rhetoric!!!

  • guesty says:

    …and will say it again, don’t re-elect ANYBODY and especially not these two stooges. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Thompson won’t get to the BoE in time to register.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    That some of you folks will post negative comments about Jason T. but not the least bit concerned about the possibility of Brian Berger being the lone incumbant. Just shows how deep some of your heads are buried in the sand!

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Do I always agree with everything Jason Thompson does or the way He votes? No. I do think He has done a good job. He speaks His mind, and calls it as He sees it. I do not remember Him PROMISING anything. He had stated earlier He was not running. The upcoming elections have been jumbled to say the least. A whole different scenario has presented itself to Our political Landscape. If the state elections play out the way I think they probably will, we do not need a rookie board with Wacko Brian Berger the lone incumbent. Jason changed His mind due to the coarse of events over the past week. Good for Him. Good for the county.

  • Guest461 says:

    Look Einstein, we all know about Berger and his antics. It’s old news over and over again…tired of even hearing about it. That one is a given okay? This article isn’t about Berger, nothing at all about Berger.

    While all of you Berger bashers were having fun trashing the guy, the other four commish’s went ahead with their usual crap totally under cloak and without notice. You took the spotlight off the other commishs and have forgotten how they’ve screwed the citizens of this county. They all need to go. I remember and I know how I’ll vote!

    You can accuse any of us of having our heads in the sand all you want, but it appears that you’ve had yours hidden in a well known place that forces you to double over in pain for insertion.

  • guesty says:

    Brian is ineffective and can’t even show up on time, much less do anything there. He is a loud child that must be ignored.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Here we go again lies and false claims via Ben McCoy, Brian Berger and their want to be’s!

  • Guestheimer says:

    I don’t see any “lies” in that persons post. Looks a lot like fact as I read it. If you can get over your insane hatred of Berger and McCoy, you may be able to actually understand what you read.

    And by the way here, Berger is where he is and that’s the way it is. Nobody likes it…NOBODY! NOBODY’S doing anything to change it either. So you can do one of two things, either figure out how to get him out of office or sit back down in your easy chair, shut the hell up and quit your incessant bi*ching!!!

  • Guest757 says:

    I have sent the county commissioners a letter in the past. I received one back from Mr. Thompson in that response he was very arrogant. I received letters back from the commissioners and they were nothing like his. If you disagree with him that side always comes out. Come on a grown man telling someone he’ll take them outside. Is this someone you want on the board. I don’t.. He needs anger management.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Trying to promote yourself again Brian, it’s too late.. Everybody knows who and what you are, a disgusting individual!

  • Wtf says:

    Wow! Either this is you Brian or someone has copied your wacko style of writing conspiracy filled delusional manifestos.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Are you attacking what I said? If so, I don’t see the relevance since I didn’t mention Berger. But since you did, I will say something on the matter. I have never met Mr. Berger. All I know of Mr. Berger is what is told in the media and on these message boards. I don’t know that there is really enough to say whether or not he is a good person, but it seems like there has been enough information to say that his personal problems have interfered with his duties as a county commissioner. Does that mean he is on the wrong side of any issues concerning New Hanover County? I really can’t say. But what I can say is that New Hanover County deserves to have people that best represent their wishes and can best serve them in a proper manner without so much baggage affecting their jobs. And I this point, I just don’t see Mr. Berger being one of those people.

    I believe that New Hanover County shouldn’t re-elect either Thompson or Barfield. They have absolutely proven that they don’t have New Hanover County’s best interests at heart.

    There are three things that come to mind with reference to Thompson. One is the incident where he offered to settle an issue at a meeting by taking it outside. Another was his strong opposition to the county paying to pick up yard debris. And it isn’t because the commission wasn’t going to pay it was that they, including Thompson, decided not to and Thompson was up there telling people who they could pay to pick it up and one of the companies was his own. The third thing that comes to mind is what he said about people who couldn’t see that spending the money for the USS Gravely party was a good economic decision were ignorant. That alone shows his disrespect for the people he is supposed to represent.

    As for Jonathan Barfield. The first thing that really comes to mind is again the USS Gravely issue. He told the taxpayers, that they didn’t have a right to an opinion on it if they had never served in the military. As taxpayers, the citizens of New Hanover County have a right to an opinion on any decision the commission makes and they have a right to an opinion on how their tax dollars are spent. In January of 2011, Barfield said in a state of the county address that the county was fiscally strong. Three months later it was reported that the county was $1.8 million in the hole. He can’t have it both ways. Then there was the time in 2011 that he threatened to cut the school board’s budget because he didn’t agree with their decision regarding neighborhood schools, when it is something that the citizens of New Hanover County wanted.

    I can keep my comments about the city council and the mayor brief. They built a convention center that the citizens of Wilmington voted against twice. They are taking steps toward building a baseball stadium that the taxpayers don’t want to pay for. They certainly have things more pressing that their tax dollars need to take care of.

  • Guest1211 says:

    Well atleast he is consistent you cant believe anything he says

  • Guest15879 says:

    He’s been one of the BOCC willing to say no to developers when it’s necessary. The apartments near Marsh Landing were a good example. He hammered the point about Market Street’s traffic load. Unfortunately, the city destroyed his good efforts but I don’t suppose that was a shock to anyone. No wonder nobody in the unincorporated area wants to be governed by council members who are as slippery as a Bill Clinton/Eddie Haskell hybrid. Although, the fact that he’s said no a few times means that he’ll probably face some very stiff opposition.

    At the very least, while I agree with the anti-Titan forces, I found it entertaining when I read that somebody got in Thompson’s face regarding that issue after a BOCC meeting and the guy ran in fear as Thompson chased him down the steps of the building. I love that! I believe in a world where, if you get aggressive with someone, expect a response.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    We need you to stick around. The thought of Berger being the lone incumbent, OMG!

  • Guest461 says:

    …especially Fatty and Bulldog Bully! You’re willing to put up with more lies and side-lipped rhetoric? He very well may invite you into the parking lot to duke it out, unless maybe he found God again.

  • Guest Lee says:

    I can’t remember who said it, but it still holds true today:

    “The most difficult choice a politician must ever make is whether to be a hypocrite or a liar.”

    In Thompson’s case, I think he chose both.

  • RSimmons says:

    Jason has his rough edges but he has been pretty effective.I don’t agree with his politics but if he makes chairman I’ll be good with that.

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  • Barry Batchelor says:

    I gave a response to this in the Star News so I will paraphrase: While I am a little surprised, I am not shocked by Mr. Thompson’s decision to run again. I think Jason does a good job despite his naysayers and quite frankly do not envy him during these economic and ever changing political times. I agree with him on the couple of points about our forthcoming Trash issue and trying to mend hard feelings between The City Council and the Board of Commissioners. And could You imagine a board whose senior Member is Brian Berger? Again to the detractors, Get over it, it’s done, move on. Mr. Thompson changed his mind and I believe that.

  • Guest757 says:

    People of New Hanover County this is your chance to clean house. Vote them all out and lets try again. We really can’t get any worse… Mr. Thompson is the most arrogant man I have ever met. He really needs to remember he works for ALL of New Hanover County..

    And yes he will be out there shaking hands and smiling but it is all an act and we have seen it many, many times in the past years.

    Don’t let him fool us again !!!!

    Vote him OUT !!!!

  • guesty says:

    From jt’s big hole: “he feels this is the best decision for the county.”

    No jason, the best thing you could have done for the county was to fade away into the sunset. Now more than ever, don’t re-elect anybody!

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