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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's official. There will be a run-off election in New Hanover County for the Republican County Commission nomination. Brian Berger made the announcement today outside the New Hanover County Government Center. He stood in front of a group of supporters after filing the papers to challenge Bill Caster. Berger asked once again that Caster retire. Berger thanked Caster for his many years of service, but believes that the public is ready to move on. Berger said that Caster may bring experience to the board but has done little to combat the problems the county faces. "Despite all the money that Bill put into his campaign, the voters, they're tired. They are ready for a change," Berger said. "They're ready for new leadership. They responded to the ideas and values that I've talked about." The run-off will take place June 22. Berger says he plans on running a positive campaign. Today Caster said Berger has never personally approached him about retiring, but only broadcast it to the press. Caster says the answer is no, he will not step down. "I would prefer not to have the runoff, because I would rather be getting my act together for the November election and raising money and spending time at that," Caster said. For those of you wondering about the cost of this run-off election, election officials say they would have had to open all the voting precincts anyway because of runoffs that have been called by Democrats for statewide elections. However, there will be some additional costs to print ballots because Berger and Caster are Republicans.

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