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VOTE 2010: New Hanover Co. Commission candidate Deborah Butler

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As election day nears, this week we're getting to know the candidates for New Hanover County Commission. Yesterday, we introduced you to Rick Catlin. Today we meet attorney Deborah Butler, who says she's ready to be a firm and fair County Commissioner.

Don't let the smile fool you. Butler promises to be a tough commissioner if new hanover county voters put her in office.

"If I get the opportunity to serve the citizens of New Hanover County, that is exactly what I'll do. I will be tough. I will be thoughtful, but I will put aside all the partisan nonsense to get the job done. You can bet on that," Butler said.

Butler, an attorney, has lived in Wilmington since 1994. She was born in South Carolina, but says her family soon moved to the Tar Heel State.

"My father was a furniture executive, and he moved us up and down Interstate 40 all the way from Hickory all the way to east Tennessee and back," she said.

Butler says her decision to enter the race for New Hanover County Commissioner came after seeing problem after problem roll out of the current commission.

"What propelled me into the race was sort of a one-two-three punch," Butler said. "I became very disappointed when I learned about the Alcoholic Beverage Commission scandal for example. Any time you destroy a public trust like that it's going to take a while to rebuild."

Besides the ABC, Butler is also concerned about the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority merger and the incentives that were given to Titan Cement.

In her off time Butler enjoys restoring homes, including her own historic home in downtown Wilmington.

Butler, like many candidates, wants to bring change, but she wants to change things back to the way they were.

"Remember the good old days when a Republican and a Democrat would sit down and argue, but they would come to a consensus, and they would put differences aside to resolve things for the public good? I think that is sorely lacking," Butler said.

We continue our profiles of New Hanover County Ccommission candidates Thursday with Brian Berger.

Election Day is November 2. Remember to keep it on WWAY both on-air and online for all your Vote 2010 coverage.

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