10 Comments for this article

Tags: , , , ,

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s Your Voice, Your Vote, and the people spoken.

A surprise to many, New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson will not be on the board next year. After failing to win a nomination in the Republican race, Thompson says he should have worked harder to get votes.

“It’s my fault,” Thompson said. “The responsibility lies on me. I probably should have worked harder than I did, but I did what I thought was best for the circumstances, and it just wasn’t enough.”

As the votes rolled in Tuesday night, Thompson says he was surprised by the numbers. He says he’s used to winning, with five victories under his belt for both Wilmington City Council and New Hanover County Commission. He says his experience was the main thing driving his campaign, but it was not enough.

“I just felt that we needed some stability and some leadership, and I thought I could provide it, but evidently the voters thought different,” Thompson said.

Thompson says he will continue to serve the county until his term is up this winter, and then that’s it. He says he plans to refocus his energy on his family and his business.

“You know what, I have 12 long years of serving this community, and I look back on that. I can give you a whole long list that I did that I’m proud of. Everything’s going to be fine,” he said.

Another Republican-controlled seat may come open in November if Commissioner Rick Catlin wins his run for the state House. If that happens, Thompson could be appointed to the County Commission, which he said he would consider if the opportunity came up.

Comment on this Story

Leave a Reply

10 Comments on "Thompson to focus on family, business after primary loss"

2015 years 8 months ago

…we all know you want a baseball stadium, you don’t care about taxation and you support good ol’ boy politics. Don’t worry, you may still have an opportunity to snuggle up with Barfield and Saffo.

Thompson was an a&&hole and he didn’t try to work for his constituents, he worked for himself and his interests. Go have another big drag off that crack pipe before you pop an artery!

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

Well I guess the voters have spoken and that is as it should be. But be careful what you wish for. While I guess Jason could be abrasive at times, I think He did a good job in what is becoming an ever increasing difficult job to administer. While it is becoming ever more popular to be politically correct in making decisions that affect all of us, Jason, in my opinion resisted that forum as best He could. Everyone wants our government to perform due diligence in spending our tax dollar. Often times frugality is not an option in today’s be a yes man for everyone society. Everyone wants something. Roads, water, sewer. Police, fire and great schools and medical amenities. Those are just some of the basics. I will not get into the extras. We all know what most of them are. Every different faction of our populous has their own list. The problem is no one wants to pay for them. Certain amenities, parks, recreation, the arts, things right down to pumping sand onto our beaches and maybe even building a baseball stadium are things that draw people and companies willing to invest here, and hopefully take some of the burden off of individuals who call New Hanover County and Wilmington home. I think Jason probably became frustrated sometimes and this may have been interpreted as arrogance, bullying or whatever. I define that as being competitive and focused on what He believes in for our county. Did He bat a 1000 in all of his decisions? No. But I believe He was a solid hitter and truly had his constituents best interests at heart. I hope whoever His replacement is has the same ability to be prepared for discussion, debate and the intestinal fortitude to carry out the tough decisions forthcoming for New Hanover County.

2015 years 8 months ago

Enough said the people of New Hanover County voted and didn’t want Jason Thompson back..

I do like the part in the above interview where he says ” “I just felt that we needed some stability and some leadership” Well tell me Mr. Thompson how does it look when at a public meeting you tell someone lets go outside.(or something in the fact). That is NOT what the people of the county wanted and they proved it. Over the past few years if someone disagreed with you they were dead wrong. Only your opinion mattered and you were never wrong. Well, this time the people remembered and voted you out.. Please, go away now..you are a HOT head and need anger management and don’t consider coming back if Mr. Catlin wins in Nov. I don’t know about you but I would feel like a fool is the people voted me out and then I was appointed.

2015 years 8 months ago

“Jimminy Cricket, I thought he wasn’t going to RUN FOR COMMISSIONER this time!”, like he thought that was going to UPSET any of us New Hanover County residents.

Jason not running for office?

Well, I am proud to say that “I HELPED him OUT!”

..And, as a life long Republican, let me say that Jason did not EARN My Vote!

Power to the PEOPLE!!


way to go
2015 years 8 months ago

I hope that this is a reminder to the candidates that they need to listen to those that elected them. “We don’t want a baseball stadium to double our taxes and we do not want Titan to pollute our air.” All viable candidates for commissioner should refrain from taking any kind of “donations” from Titan.

2015 years 8 months ago

I am glad to see that New Hanover got something right in the election.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

You fit the bill pretty well yourself. If a ballpark comes to fruition that is fine if not, that is fine also. I have still yet to see any proof of all the collusion, and monetary gain, self serving actions and so on that some of you accuse these commissioners of. You sound like one of the very ones who will bitch and moan but never has a constructive observation. Yep, You fit the bill. Might even be in first place.

2015 years 8 months ago

Thompson lost because the people spoke when they voted. Thompson should not be appointed if Caitlin is elected. For Barfield to even consider this is a clear sign that the “Good Ole’ Boys” still exist in our county government. We need to remember this in November when we vote for “Our” commisioners.

2015 years 8 months ago

Jason Thompson was visible to many of us at the event in which we protested the refusal of the CC to accept a $9,000.00 grant to assist women. He was angry and defiant and stated that he was spat upon and hit. With, as was reported at the time, serer hundred people and 2 or 3 TV station cameras recording the event, NO ONE CAME FORWARD AS A WITNESS to this, he lost any credibility he ever had. I had heard that he was a very, very difficult and arrogant person. He certainly was that night. Hopefully we will welcome some wonderful replacements to work with Mr. B.

2015 years 8 months ago

“I just felt that we needed some stability and some leadership, and I thought I could provide it, but evidently the voters thought different,” You got it Thompson! We do need stability and leadership. What we got from you were self serving interests, threat tactics on property taxes to your constituents, arrogance in your meetings and bullying around of people that disagreed with you. The power is with the voters, not you or Fatty or your other belly-rubbing cronies. This is the way the process works, a classic example of the people being fed up and taking action against it!


Related News