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Thompson changes course, will run for re-election

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Jason Thompson is not done running for office after all. The first-term New Hanover County Commissioner changed his mind this morning and announced he will run for re-election despite saying earlier that he would not run.

Thompson made the announcement when he called into Chad Adams's morning show on The Big Talker FM. He said a lot changed in the past 24 hours, and he feels this is the best decision for the county.

"There is a lot of stuff up in the air, and I just thought the citizens and the employees and, you know, everybody could benefit from some stability," Thompson said. "If it required a little bit more sacrifice on my part, I was willing to do it."

While he and Jonathan Barfield are running for re-election, if they lose, it would leave Brian Berger as the commission's only incumbent. Thompson feels a rookie board would not be best now, as there are so many other changes taking place within county management.

Thompson said there's two big things that need to be worked on.

"We are going to have to get our solid waste, you know, landfill, incinerator division settled, and we're going to have to build a relationship with the city that's better than the one that we currently have," Thompson said.

Thompson told WWAY he started reconsidering his decision not to run after fellow commissioners Rick Catlin and Ted Davis decided to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Now, he says their decisions and his will potentially benefit New Hanover County.

"The relationship I have with them now is going to be crucial when they win, and we can do a lot for the county at the state level, so that had a lot to do with my decision," Thompson said. "I think we are going to get a lot more done than we have in the past."

Thompson said he was not going to run because he wanted to step away from public life. This morning he said part of what led him to run after all is that his 13-year-old son is a "political junkie."

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