Tight races for New Hanover County Commissioners

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Tensions grew in the New Hanover County Government Center as hundreds of people waited anxiously for results to be announced.

The races were close throughout the night, leaving candidates on the edge of their seats.  But at the end of the night Democrats Deborah Butler and Sid Causey came out ahead, along with Republicans Rick Catlin and incumbent Bill Caster.

Caster only won by a narrow margin, running neck and neck with Brian Burger.  When the final precincts votes were tallied, Caster said he was relieved.  The incumbent is looking forward to serving the county again, if the voters allow him to do so.

Catlin had the most support in the Republican Party and credits his campaign for the votes.  He said he's proud of the way his campaign played out and said he was able to promote himself with advertising.

Causey held the second most votes for the Democratic Party and said he thinks his background will help in the long run.  He feels his history of being the sheriff in New Hanover County has prepared him to be a commissioner.

Top Democratic vote getter, Butler, was thrilled with the outcome and said her hard work paid off.  She will join the Carolina in the Morning news team Wednesday morning to talk about the election.

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