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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The race for three open seats on the New Hanover County Commission is hotly contested this primary with six candidates in the GOP race alone. Each of the six Republicans say they have what it takes to win the race, but what exactly do they think matters to the community?

The candidates agree there are many issues facing the county including the budget, economy, and jobs. Some hopefuls say their previous service shows their dedication to the county.
“People,” said Buck O’Shields. “I’m a people person, and I believe that we all have ideals and goals.”

“Goodness knows if someone starts some controversy and drama, I can be the first one to get in the mix and mess it up,” said Jason Thompson. “I think that’s healthy. I think you need to be passionate about what you’re doing, and I am.”

“I have committed most of my life to community service and helping others with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life,” said Beth Dawson.

Others say the county may be off course and leaders need to be held accountable.

“When we get up and we say something, we should stand behind it,” said Frank Meares. “If we’re out on the campaign trail and we say we’re not going to do something, then we should mean it.”

“We’ve been distracted,” said Woody White. “We’ve been focused on personal issues, pettiness between some of the municipalities in the county. The citizens aren’t concerned with that.”

“I don’t know that I would blame the current county commission except some of their policies have not been job promoting like they could be,” said Derrick Hickey.

With some many candidates and so many different perspectives, the question is why do they think you should vote for them?

“I’m running on a campaign of ideas,” said Hickey.

“I continue to pursue the American Dream every day with my family,” said White.

“I believe that my experience is key,” said O’Shields.

“While others may tell you what they’ll do, you’ll know what I’ll do, because there’s a proven track record for it,” said Thompson.

“I have the interest in listening to the citizen’s concerns and doing what is in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the entire community,” said Dawson.

“You need to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ When it’s time to get out of office, it’s time to get out of office,” said Meares.

The three top vote-getters on the Republican side will face the three top Democratic contenders in November.

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  • cintrek

    Do we have someone else to vote for. I would never vote for Woody White-had him for an attorney once-he didn’t look out for my best interests & when I questioned him seriously he told me to find another attorney because I was too involved in my own case. If he can’t work with his own clients as an attorney then how can he work in a political office for his constituents.

  • concern

    That’s what we are worried about Jason.More wasteful spending and looking out for friends that do business with the city.Gotta be someone better.

  • guesty

    Don’t re-elect anybody and especially big mouth jason. All new people in office. Lets face it, can it really get any worse that what we already have? I’m willing to take that chance.

  • Guest2020

    Thompson talks about his record like it’s a good thing. Remember, if you’re not a veteran, you had no right to speak against the county giving money for the Gravely private party. And if you disagree with him, he will be glad to meet you outside.

  • Not again!

    Wholly cr*p! That’s the same thinking that got us “Next-step” Catlin and Brian “Drama Queen” Berger. At least Thompson won’t use our tax dollars to get elected to the next level like Catlin. Or embarrass us and hang on because we are his only source of income except unemployment like Berger.

    Catlin uses velco to attach the office he’s running for on his signs and Berger pays his property tax one quarter at a time in a parking meter.

  • guesty

    No, thompson will embarrass us with his fat mouth. thompson will use our tax dollars to fund private commissioning parties and then tell those that haven’t been in the military they don’t get to voice an opinion of that expense. Remember that gem? How about the Leland “Lets go to the parking lot” example? He is only looking out for his fat head.

    The two examples you gave are more reason not to re-elect anybody.

    Berger doesn’t stand a chance if he tries to run again and hopefully people will be smart enough not to vote for catlin’s next step.


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