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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Talk of a runoff election swirled around the New Hanover County Government Center last night when it came down to the six Republican candidates for County Commission, but that may not be how the numbers add up.

“Nothing has been accomplished tonight,” candidate Woody White said. “Nobody’s taxes were lowered, the water/sewer problems that we have haven’t been solved, nobody got a job tonight. So we’re thankful that we’re winning the primary, but we’ve got to win in November, and we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and get to work solving the problems for the people of this county.”

White says he thinks the votes stacked up the way they did because New Hanover County wants more action.

“They’re concerned about the crisis of leadership we have,” White said. “They’re concerned about the shrill nature of our discourse. They want people to focus on problems.”

The biggest upset of the night may have been incumbent Jason Thompson not earning a spot in the November election. We spoke to Thompson before all the precincts were in, and he said he thought it would come down to a runoff election.

“Of course I want to be top vote getter because I usually am but a primary is different,” Thompson said. “A lot of a primary is a personality race.”

But Thompson finished fourth, and likely far enough back to keep him from a runoff. Beth Dawson may have taken the spot from him. She says she is grateful for Thompson’s time serving the community.

“Commissioner Thompson has served our city and our county for many years and has worked very hard to serve our citizens and has done a good job, and I wish him all the best,” Dawson said.

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9 Comments on "Incumbent Thompson finishes fourth; top vote-getter says community wants change"

2015 years 10 months ago

OK Jason now that you have lost, please pick up all of your signs that have littered our streets for way too long!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Jason? Really….you lost the personality race before the primaries started!

2015 years 10 months ago

thompson needs to realize this is the payoff for him running that big, fat mouth of his. It just breaks my heart to see him lose. No, wait, that was just gas.

Good bye baby boy.

2015 years 10 months ago

Goodbye Mr. Thompson! You’ve done enough damage to our great county long enough. You will NOT be missed; my dog could have done a better job than you have in your term. Good riddance! Maybe you can run for garbage commissioner…because that’s all that comes out of your mouth and your mind.

deputy 25
2015 years 10 months ago

well well well, now that big fat mouth Jason is probably getting laughed at by the Mayor who he invited out side to show him the man he really is!! well i guess the Lady that whooped you showed you the man you really are!!! remember Jason, a sign in the yard is a vote, beside the road is LITTER!! what a good beating. she slammed you like a 1972 Ford LTD car door! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. this is funny. now go to the house and stay there. if you want your bubble busted,just put your name on the ballot!

Former Vol. FF
2015 years 10 months ago

How does it feel to be ousted like you did the Volunteer Firefighters’ in New Hanover County. The only thing that would have been better if you would have taken Barfield with you. Now you will need to find another Social Club to join. That is if they let you in.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 10 months ago

Dear Mr. Barfield… Jason was voted out so no matter what “conditions” occur he should not make it back to the board without voter say so you pompous A$$! There is a reason the people want him gone. How dare you even suggest such a notion…..

Good ole boy indeed…. Gawd….

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m glad to see ANY incumbant lose the race. It’s a shame we can’t go on and clean out other boards but, sigh, there will be another election day coming. Barfield, don’t get your hopes up. There’s still Nov and I don’t see you winning that one.

2015 years 10 months ago

Jason Thompson lost because of his arrogance… It had nothing to do with the vote for money towards plan parenthood..

He needs anger management….

I hope he reads these and gets the help he needs…

You see Mr. Thompson the people the live on private roads in the county do vote like to told you in a letter on Sept.2011.

Now please just go away like your buddy Mr. Berger


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