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VOTE 2010: New Hanover Co. Commission candidate Brian Berger

READ MORE: Getting to know NHC Commission candidate Brian Berger

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As Election Day nears, this week we're getting to know the candidates for New Hanover County Commission. So far we've met Rick Catlin and Deborah Butler.

Brian Berger has already had a tough race, having to face off with incumbent Bill Caster in a second primary. Berger says he's ready to bring change to New Hanover County.

For this profile we met Berger at French's Burgers on Carolina Beach Road. Berger says he chose to do the interview here because it represents his campaign.

"As a small business owner myself I'm a big believer in supporting our small businesses," Berger said.

Berger was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He's been in Wilmington for a decade and has his own marketing company called Strategic Communications Group. So why does he want to go into politics?

"We need change here in New Hanover County. We need to deal with problems of corruption and cronyism and high taxes," Berger said. "I've been committed to fighting those issues for a number of years, which separates me from the other candidates."

Berger says if elected he also wants to focus on public safety, especially the issues that have affected downtown Wilmington once the bars let out at night.

In his spare time Berger enjoys spending time with family and friends, which include his fiancee Heather. He also likes catching a game when he can

"Watching football this time of year is, of course, when I have time, I enjoy that as well," Berger said. "But I have a very wide range of hobbies and interests, and I wish I just had more time to pursue them."

With his hard fought victory over Caster in the Republican primary, Berger, who ran as a Libertarian for County Commission two years ago, says he's ready for what the campaign may bring in the coming weeks.

"Unfortunately that second primary was very ugly and negative, and there was a lot of misinformation about my background, but I'm very proud about my background," Berger said. A background he hopes will lead him to victory November 2.

We'll profile New Hanover Commission candidate Sid Causey Monday.

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