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UPDATED: Candidates, crowds emerge as filing opens for elections

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Supporters of Sheriff Ed McMahon listen to the incumbent's campaign remarks outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections on Monday. Photo by Ben Brown.

Supporters of Sheriff Ed McMahon listen to the incumbent’s campaign remarks outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections on Monday. Photo by Ben Brown.

The first day of filing for elected office stirred a crowd outside the New Hanover County Board of Elections–most of it split in support of either Sheriff Ed McMahon or his newly filed challenger, former sheriff Sid Causey.

Putting away their paperwork and filing fees shortly after noon Monday–the cost is $1,182 to appear on the ballot for that office in particular–the fellow Democrats have a primary election ahead, on May 6.

McMahon became sheriff by appointment in 2009 upon Causey’s retirement, the latter first elected in 2002. Voters in 2010 elected McMahon to continue with his appointment.

During campaign speeches to their respective crowds outside the elections office Monday, McMahon touted his years of leadership in crimefighting, ability to keep morale high, inclusion of the public through his citizens’ academy, and work underway to see the sheriff’s office accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., which considers itself the “gold standard” for recognizing public safety standards.

“I just want to keep moving forward in a positive direction,” McMahon said.

Sid Causey, the former sheriff who on Monday filed to serve in that office again, discusses his campaign outside the county elections office. Photo by Ben Brown.

At right, Sid Causey, the former sheriff who on Monday filed to serve in that office again, discusses his campaign outside the county elections office. With him is his wife, India Causey. Photo by Ben Brown.

Causey, however, contended morale has bottomed out at the sheriff’s office–”Right now, it’s at zero,” he claimed–and said if elected he would work seven days weekly to lead the department and reduce crime, arguing New Hanover County does not presently feel as safe as it should. He also pledged to treat “every employee at the sheriff’s office fair and equal. If their skin’s different than the color of mine, if they have a different sexual preference than mine, if they have a disability, they can work at the sheriff’s office.”

The initial filing rush at the county elections office, at the New Hanover County Government Center off College Road, lasted until about 1 p.m., though it continues through normal business hours until the noon deadline on Feb. 28.

Below is the list of filings (to be updated with new names as they come):

New Hanover County

Board of Commissioners (two seats)
Skip Watkins, Republican
Chuck Kays, Republican
Rob Zapple, Democrat
Frank Roberts, Republican

Board of Education (four seats)
Ed Higgins, Republican (incumbent)
Janice Cavenaugh, Republican (incumbent)
Don Hayes, Republican (incumbent)

Sheriff
Ed McMahon, Democrat (incumbent)
Sid Causey, Democrat

Clerk of Superior Court
Jan G. Kennedy, Republican (incumbent)

N.C. General Assembly
Ted Davis Jr., Republican, House District 19 (incumbent)

Brunswick County

Board of Commissioners (Districts 1 and 2)
Frank Albert Blue, Republican, District 1
Randell Wayne Thompson, Republican, District 1
Bud Thorsen, Republican, District 1

Board of Education (Districts 3 and 5)
Leonard Jenkins, Democrat, District 5
John W. Thompson, Republican, District 5 (incumbent)

Sheriff
John Ingram, Republican (incumbent)

Clerk of Superior Court
James MacCallum, Republican (incumbent)

N.C. General Assembly
Frank Iler, Republican, House District 17 (incumbent)
Bill Rabon, Republican, Senate District 8 (incumbent)

District Attorney
Ryan Smithwick, Republican, District 13

Pender County

Board of Commissioners (Districts 1, 2 and 3)
Chris Medlin, Democrat, District 1
David Piepmeyer, Republican, District 2

Board of Education (Districts 1, 2 and 4, nonpartisan)
Franklin “F.D” Rivenbark, District 1
Kenneth I. Lanier Jr., District 2
Katherine Herring, District 4

Federal

U.S. House District 7
Jonathan Barfield, Democrat

U.S. House District 3
Marshall Adame, Democrat

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