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Who is Bill Caster?


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Fewer than 200 votes separated Brian Berger from incumbent Bill Caster in last month's Republican primary for New Hanover County Commission. So, now both are working to win a runoff.

We've been working to give you more info about both candidates. Yesterday we profiled Berger. Tonight we have more about Caster.

"Incumbency is a blessing and a curse," Caster said. "I've had to make a lot of decisions over the years that I've been a county commissioner. I suppose one or two of them have ticked people off, and if they remember that they don't remember all the good things that have happened."

For Caster the list of good things to come to New Hanover County in his 18 years as a county commissioner includes Veterans Park, the northeast library, expansion of community colleges, GE and Corning. Lately issues with the county budget have been the focus of voters' attention.

"The county commissioners down here did not create this bad economic situation. It flows down from Washington. It flows down from state. State can cut our budget; not getting as much money. People aren't getting as much money in their salaries. The county commissioners did not do that, but that's the effect it has on the county."

Caster's not the only commissioner to serve New Hanover County for many years. Bobby Greer has been a commissioner for 20 years. To make room for someone new Greer chose to step down. Caster ran again because he feels the commission needs someone with his experience.

"When you get on that airplane and fly out, you don't want a guy that's brand new flying that airplane," Caster said. "You'd like an experienced pilot. I have a lot of experience. I've done a lot of things. I've been on a lot of boards and commissions."

Caster says he is a public servant not a politician and is very passionate for the people in New Hanover County.

As for who he is personally, Caster retired to Wilmington after a career in the Coast Guard. He and his wife fell in love with the area when he served as commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Northwind.

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