Thompson Loses Chance for Another Term on NHCo. Board

May 9, 2012

After last night’s Republican primary race for New Hanover County Commissioner, three new candidates will move to the ballot in November. 

As WHQR’s Sara Wood reports incumbent Commissioner Jason Thompson lost his seat in a close race with Beth Dawson, one of the three winners.

Thompson got almost 17 percent of the vote but Dawson pulled slightly ahead of him with 18 percent. Dawson says she hopes to bring more diversity to the board.

 “I feel that with 53 percent of the registered voters in this county being women that there are many citizens that would like to see a woman with a business background and a proven public trust record to serve on the board of county commissioners so that all citizens may be represented. 

Woody White was the biggest winner of the night with almost 25 percent of vote, and candidate Derrick Hickey also won a spot on the ballot in the general election. Former commissioner Buck O’Shields lost the race with just over 12 percent, as did candidate Frank Meares, coming with just under 8 percent.