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VOTE 2010: New Hanover Co. Commission candidate Brian Berger

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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. 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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Time for change-NO MORE DEMS

WITH TWO MORE GOOD OLE BOYS APPOINTED TO ABC, WE SEE AGAIN REASON TO VOTE FOR HIM.
THEY CAN KEEP SMEARING- BUT FACT IS HE WAS RIGHT ON ISSUES LIKE NO ON TAXES AND CRONYISM---HE HAD GUTS TO CHALLENGE THESE GOOD OLE BOYS-WHILE SOME OF HIS OPPONENETS PLAYED ALONG TO GET ALONG.
VOTERS WILL DECIDE-LETS HOPE FOR BETTER WITH BRIAN.

Stop titan

I WILL BE VOTING FOR BRIAN BERGER. HE TOOK A COURAGEOUS STAND AGAINST TITAN LONG BEFORE THIS ELECTION CYCLE. WE CAN COUNT ON BRIAN.
ON ISSUES RELATED TO LOCAL ECONOMY I HATE TO ADMIT IT BUT LOCAL DEMS WILL BE BAD NEWS-MORE YAXES AND MORE SPENDING.
SO AS A DEMOCRAT CONCERNED WITH STOPPING TITAN IF WE CAN AND GETTING A HANDLE ON SPENDING AND BETTER MANAGEMENT OF CFPUA,I WILL BE
VOTING FOR BRIAN BERGER

You People Are Hilarious

There is about 1 or 2 people on here slobbering over Sid Causey and posting every single derogatory comment against Berger. A child restraint citation? Are you serious? If that's the best you can do then get use to the term "Commissioner Berger".

You guys are pathetic - I can't see why in the world you are so threatened by a little guy with a squeaky voice that optimistically dreams of a better, more efficient, transparent government that serves everyone. I know Brian well and he has worked sporadically for years as a marketing consultant - a freelancer. If anyone of you small time one-horse-town dolts has ever lived in a large city then you know that the majority of suits in marketing, advertising, P.R., and consulting are freelancers who work on and off on a sporadic basis. You make your money when you can - then look for the next project. I don't know what the big mystery is. That's his career. I myself did it for about a year in NYC. It's a hard life - but a noble profession.

Brian has nothing but integrity. I put out some of his campaign signs, and the next day 3 out of 4 were stolen. I was angry, and I called him, and his calm response was immediately one of sadness for the people who work low wage jobs that managed to give him $10 for his campaign out of their meager wages. It was them that he thought of - not himself. He said it was a great disservice to them that would give away money that they need for a candidate that they believe in; only to have signs that their money bought to be stolen and destroyed. THAT - is honor. THAT - is integrity. And it is what Brian Berger is made of. And it what this corrupt, crooked county is desperately in need of.

Tell The Truth Brian Berger

I googled the business which Brian says is his but no where does it mention his name. There is a video on youtube.com of a woman with Brian and a dog. It makes you believe that he is has this perfect relationship except that the woman is not Heather who he says is his fiance. I also know that Brian has legal action again him. If he is not truthful - how can he do the things he says he will for the county?

Stop Spreading Lies!

Its one thing to look into a man's personal life in order to learn more about him, but its another to go digging for anything you can use against him! Berger is a man who believes in sticking to the issues. He is willing to answer questions openly about his personal life when asked, but he also wants to stick to the issues because that is what should be the most important when it comes to voting. Berger has openly stated that he does not want to reveal too much about his personal life in order to protect his friends and family. After the negative things that were said about Pantano's wife, who could blame him! I think it is admirable of him to do so! I have been involved in things with my job or in the community, but if you google-search them then you won't see my name on the site. So what? Thats really just showing how desperate you are to find something wrong! As for the youtube commercial, it is a commercial from the last time he ran for office. Alot of candidates have probably used their old campaign material again, especially those who do not have the resources or money that other candidates have! How important is money or connections to good ol'boys in the community when you have truth in your words, a message to say, and people who believe in you anyway? Who he is standing with at the END of the commercial is irrelevant! What IS important are the issues addressed in the commercial! I have met Berger and Heather and there is no doubt in my mind that the two love each other and are engaged to be married in the near future. Berger has also had Heather and her two little boys attend political events and it is obvious to anyone who watches that he will make a wonderful stepfather to them. Don't sit there and say that Berger is not truthful when it is plain to anyone with half a brain that you are in no position to state what is the truth and what is not! Berger is a strong candidate who has stayed solid on his beliefs for years, even when he faced opposition. I don't care what any of these blogs say about him. When I go to the polls, I plan on voting for Berger and ONLY Berger, because he is the only one that I truly believe in! He has a message. He has something to say. If anyone wants change in this county for the better, it is Berger you should vote for!

Dem smear machine

The tax and spend dems will say anything--but ignore these posts-they are mostly smears by one young caster supporter USING 20 SIGN INS---(if you go back and look you will see a clear fingerprint). What is disappointing is the selective screening and posts this station puts up. IGNORE THE SMEARS OF BERGER--IT IS ISSUES THAT MATTER-VOTERS WILL AGREE OR NOT.
dont respond to idiots that smear---in the final analysis all these candidates have a stand on issues. For me Berger is the one--and to put you at ease everytime they smear voters are reminded what they said during primary and what they are repeating now- and it is very helpful--the overkill has backfired--along with the fact that on the issues Brian Berger is right. The idiots smears are a lesson why so many other good people dont run--so ignore the smears and just vote!

the real world

Win oe Lose-Brian Berger had the courage to run and face the voters.
Brian warned us about the problems of CFPUA and ABC-others were silent or part of problem
Brian has not been part of the cronyism that holds us back.
Berger opposed higher taxes and has called for zero based budgeting.
Brian Berger and 20000(who voted for him) opposed the sweetheart deal for Titan--and will again.
He is and will be an independant voice on the Commission.
Just look at the facts-ask where they stand and on issues that concern us all-
Brian Berger is the best choice

Done with Berger

I think Brian has an ego problem. He always talks about how he's the ONLY candidate to do blah blah blah...HE's the only candidate to run unsuccessfully for 5 years straight...or however long he says he's been here. He says he has children and he says he doesn't have children, he says he's married, he says he's not married. He's a libertarian, he's a republican. He's a marketing consultant, he's a student of government. He's been in DC, he works for AISI he's been laid of now he's a small business owner. As a tea party candidate I wonder if he accepted unemployment benefits from when he was laid off. I thought Brian was a pretty neat person, I thought he was different. Truth is, he's the guy that's dying to be part of the club. When he was trying to decide if he was going to ask for a run off- both JBarfield and JThompson were blowing all kinds of wind up Brian's pants. He loved it. JThompson even told Brian he should remain out of the public eye, talk very little, because Brian's voice is different. The biggest indicator that Brian is just more of the exact same is his lack of criticism regarding the JThompson/JBarfield backdoor deal for the chairmanship. He was the one person I truly expected to stand up and say something. He didn't. He waffled. WAFFLED. Only after that interview did I begin to take a harder look at HamBerger. He does a lot of grandstanding,Berger is the same to me as Obama. Berger bust onto the scene from...well, we aren't really sure and promises all kinds of change- yet- he giggles like a small child when the J's ring his phone- cause- now he (believes)he's part of the backdoor club. I can't even believe I took time to write this- I'm just tired of seeing and reading all his posts. I swear he's got about 15 different screen names. He compliments himself- then turns around and writes something negative- so that he can again post about himself. Dude is a trip. Seriously, at one time I thought he was a viable candidate- but if you do your DD you will soon be as dissappointed as I am.

Berger

Done with Berger...I agree with you completely!! You are spot-on with every point you make about Berger. Wilmington Beware of Berger!!

the real reality

YES TO BRIAN BERGER--OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU PROPOSE CHANGE THE OLD GUARD WILL HAVE THEIR SURROGATES SAY AND DO ANYTHING. THEY HAVE TRIED TO PIN EVERYTHING ON THIS CANDIDATE BUT THE BAD WEATHER. THE VOTERS WILL LOOK AT ISSUES AND WHERE THESE CANDIDATES HAVE STOOD ON ISSUES OF REAL CONCERN LIKE JOBS, ECONOMY AND TAXES. SAME PEOPLE THROWING SAME MUD AS LAST GO AROUND--UNFORTUNATELY IT DOESN'T IMPROVE OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION IN COUNTY OR POOR JUDGEMENT OR SILENCE BY SOME OF THOSE THESE FOLKS ARE SUPPORTING.

NO TO BRIAN BERGER

No to Brian even if it seems like the lesser of two evils. He has zero experience in politics, business, etc. How can you speak of his character, integrity and honesty when all you know about him is what he has told you? I do know him and I'm not impressed. Don't belive me. Ask him to prove himself before you give him your vote. Tell us more about your contributions to the county, your small business, finances, etc.

YES TO BRIAN BERGER

LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE THESE QUESTIONS SO WHY YOU CHOOSE TO SMEAR THIS CANDIDATE IS DUBIOUS/ I AM FOR BRIAN BERGER BECAUSE HE IS RIGHT ON THE ISSUES AND WOULD BE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. I AM GLAD HE HAS NOT ENGAGED IN THE CRONYISM OF PLAY ALONG TO GEI ALONG-LIKE SOME OF HIS OPPONENTS TO GET ON COMMISSIONS WHICH HAVE MADE POOR JUDGEMENTS AND ENGAGED IN QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES. MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS WILL VOTE FOR THIS COURAGEOUS YOUNG MAN BECAUSE OF THE SMEARS--WHICH DO NOT ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEMS IN OUR COUNTY.

No,No,No,Berger!

I'm glad you and your neighbors will toss your vote away to Brian Berger. At lease he'll have a baker's dozen before he looses.

Best Bet

For all the reasons stated by many below-- I too want change and a different path for our County-Brian Berger will be my choice. This is about a better place to live and better government and I sure hope we do not want more of the same

Brian Berger WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND???

Berger always dodges this question! WHY? We only see and hear the same old political Rhetoric! As you have probably noticed he writes most of post about himself on this blog using different names. Which is quite annoying!

You're Right!

You're right! Why can't others see that when it's so obvious!

Convinced and voting for Berger

I guess most of us care more about issues that impact the County than smears to divert our attention. I was not sure who would be my first choice--but now I am--it will be Berger. He took on an 18 year incumbent who tried to smear him and failed--and now we see more of same. He has courage , he is right on the issues of jobs, fiscal responsibilty and tackling the issues with many of our agencies and he would represent a needed breath of fresh air on the County Commission.

Care About County-Don't Vote Brian

He took on an 18 year incumbent because he has nothing to loose not because he has courage. He either goes for the gold or goes back to holding a real job like the rest of us. Man, he saw an opportunity and went for it. Just like a vulture circling the wounded prey. Brian says what you want to hear but not how he will do it. Will anyone remember Brian when he looses?

BERGER BETTER FOR OUR COUNTY

Not to repeat earlier comments, Brian Berger is a fine person -who has had the courage to challenge the old guard and the status quo. When you do that you subject yourself to the kind of innuendo that those who are corrupt would like us focus on. Rather than discuss the issues of higher taxes-corruption and cronyism and much lower home values than in other places they go in another direction. This year the voters have had enough of that nonsense. ON CFPUA, taxes and spending-Brian took the lead in bringing these issues to our attention. If we judge a person by their enemies- he's got my vote hands down. I would vote for this good person over the likes of his opponents any day of the week. If we really want a change and better leaders we need to vote for candidates like Berger or we will simply suffer more of the same mediocrity which going forward we can ill afford.

BRIAN BERGER COURAGE AND CLASS

We need a new direction and Brian Berger is one of those people who will help us build a better County.
We cannot afford the status quo and politics as usual with the other candidates who are part of the status quo that has stagnated our County and led to mediocrity amd cronyism in our local government.
Jobs, employment, taxes and spending have all gone in the wrong direction.Some of the other candidates have been part of the problem-they will not solve or address our issues. Brian Berger stood up and took a stand helping us. I believe he will take a fresh look at things-and serve us all=Elect Brian Berger
Let's reject the special interest monies who have tried to buy influence and have stagnated our County- Vote Brian for a change, Berger will be better for all of us.

YOU ARE RIGHT ON THIS ONE

I guess most of us care more about issues that impact the County than smears to divert our attention-IT IS pretty obvious this is a put up job by one individual.
Brian has courage , he is right on the issues of jobs, fiscal responsibilty and tackling the issues with many of our local agencies and he would represent a badly needed breath of fresh air on the County Commission. By far he is the best candidate-not part of staus quo and willing to take the heat and stand up for us. His stand on issues and these repeated cheap shots are giving many of us even more of a reason to vote for him.

Right person-best candidate is Brian Berger

Simply put, Brain Berger is a good and decent person- younger than opponents but better for us and the County going forward. On so many issues that concern us---cronyism and corruption at ABC and the CFPUA-Brian was one of the first to voice concern. On taxes and spending he has opposed the lack of fiscal responsibilty that should concern us all. Ask yourself why the other candidates did not find religion on these issues until they tested the political winds. Let's ignore the innuendo posted below-call names-just double speak--that's what they would like us to focus on. Butler the Landlord is deceitful-taking multiple stands on same issue-and her tenants say she shouldn't be trusted. Like Nancy Pelosi in DC, Deb is way to the left and tries to hide she is a tax and spend Democrat----Are we really satisfied with the status quo and do we really want more of the same? Brian Berger has been consistent on the issues that should really matter to us-we win if he does---otherwise we get more of the same.

Best candidate is Brian Berger

Let's look at the record-over the last few years on taxes and spending, opposing Titan , fighting the CFPUA and annexation--
Brian Berger has beeen a leader while none of his opponents have been visible. Win or lose-he has the old guard running scared that they might lose there grip on power. Comments below are identical to mud they threw during primary. When it comes to "fake" let's ask
Butler the Landlord why her tenanats don't trust her and why she is taking different positions on same issue before different groups? Let's ask Catlin did he play along to get along-how much business does he do with County and State-and why did he align with Caster.
sID is just more of same
Brian Berger has been a leader and outfront willing to be a part of the rough and touch political world. That's a lot better than the others.

Brian Berger Courage and Good person

I will be voting for Brian Berger--he has earned my vote with his positions on fiscal responsibility, zero budgeting and more transparency in our County government. He had the courage to challenge the status quo--and we all benefit from his actions. He would be an improvement to the Commission--and he is better for our futures. If we are to turn County around we need more leaders like Brian--Berger has earned our vote

Brian Berger is a FAKE!!!

His background is very questionable if not scary! He doesn't have a job! JUST ALL MOUTH! This we don't need more of!!!!

whose the fake-more important whose a change

This post and the one below are almost word for word the same as those posted by some during the primary. The old guard is running scared -so they have to throw mud and hope some sticks--it didn't then-it won't now because voters are smart. Let's talk about fakes-
Butler is another realtor/landlord whose tenants on this site say we can't trust her truthfulness. She has run a campaign of deception telling liberal groups one thing--and other groups something else on same issue(she's worse than Pelosi)--that's a fake
Catlin has refused to answer questions about his business dealings with the County and the State--that's a fake
Causey has refused to explain his wasteful spending and other questionable acts from the past--that's a fake
More important-on taxes, spending CFPUA and annexation-who will take us in a better direction---that is Brian Berger. Agree or disagree but he has been consistent and a leader on these issues--unlike the others.

Getting to Know NHC Commission Candidate Brian Berger

In this article you talk about public safety and small business owners. Here are some questions for Candidate Berger.
How do you propose to keep downtown Wilmington safer?
Please tell us some of the problems that a small business owner like yourself has experienced?
How long have you been a small business owner?
How many people do you employ?
Do you provide benefits for your employees?
Where is your business located?
Can you list some of your contributions to Wilmington in the past 10 years?
Do all candidates submit financial statements?

Berger deserves my vote=add courage to list

No need to repeat many comments below. Over a long election cylce- Brian Berger has earned my vote. As others have said on economy and taxes he was and is right. He is truly a breath of fresh air we need to clean out the good ole boys--I am appalled at their tactics-even for this County it is a low. Power corrupts --we need change and Berger would be a step in a better direction.
I've seen a lot- Sid is from the past-Catlin won't answer questions about business dealings with the County-and Butler has three positons on almost every issue. When it comes to courage and consistency-Berger has earned my vote.

Brian Berger=better leadership for New Hanover County

To paraphrase Pres. Reagan- here they come again. Voters are smart and have had enough of a corrupt group of politicians who want to maintain control. This year they lose- in spite of tactics-so do not worry, voters have seen enough of them. When it cam to standing up against ABC and CFPUA long before this election-Brain was there. The other candidates were sitting on their hands or in hiding. When it came to fighting against taxes and wasteful spending-Brian was there. The other candidate was either sitting on his hands-or the Democratic candidates supported the tax increase. When it came to fighting for the environment- Brian was there taking action with 20,000 other voters two years ago. While others talked or did nothing- Brian was there. This year voters of all persuasions have said enough of the past- we need change--and Brian Berger will be an agent for change and perhaps a better local economy. Let's ignore the innuendo- that's what they want to talk about--Let's focus on issues as comment below notes- Brian wins on issues that really matter to us!

Brian has my vote!

Brian Berger is a breath of fresh air as a candidate. He is a true fiscal conservative and has been on the right side of the horrible CFPUA and Titan issue. He is sincere and honest and will make a great county commissioner. He has my vote and I am urging all my friends and neighbors to vote for him as well.