It's down to Berger versus Caster. After the primary, fewer than 200 votes separated Brian Berger from incumbent Bill Caster. So, Berger filed for a run-off. At stake is the republican nomination for New Hanover County Commissioner. Even though Bill Caster and Brian Berger faced each other last week in a debate, it seemed as though many of our viewers still wanted to know more about Brian Berger. WWAY’S Courtney Brooks met with Berger to get some answers.
Brian Berger was born and raised in Rochester, New York. After graduating with a degree in government from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York he moved to Washington D.C, where he lived for nearly ten years. Berger worked on marketing for fortune 50 companies like Continental Air, and AOL Time Warner. He also worked for some lobbying firms in our nations capitol. He's been a Wilmington resident for about a decade, and now has his own small business called Strategic Communications Group.
Berger said, "I have a diverse wealth of experience in issues and policy matters that are not only relevant to New Hanover County today but have positioned me to address effectively the issues that matter to people."
Berger is an advocate of small government, and wants to stop runaway taxes and spending.
Some of Berger’s priorities in New Hanover County are lowering taxes, creating jobs and reducing crime.
He said, "Public safety for the county is a huge priority. And to make cuts in law enforcement and firefighting and other areas of public safety and fund art museums and other things that may be nice to have, but I think that addressing violent crime and the growth in gangs here is more of a pressing priority."
Berger also said he is running for Commissioner because he believes every American has a civic obligation to be a part of their community and government.