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The race for sheriff is underway on the first filing day in New Hanover County

Ed McMahon arrives to file to run for the office of sheriff in New Hanover County. (Source: Mike Pelzer) Ed McMahon arrives to file to run for the office of sheriff in New Hanover County. (Source: Mike Pelzer)
Sid Causey was the first to arrive at the Board of Elections to file to run Monday morning. (Source: Mike Pelzer) Sid Causey was the first to arrive at the Board of Elections to file to run Monday morning. (Source: Mike Pelzer)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Two men familiar with the role of New Hanover County Sheriff filed for office Monday afternoon, on the first day of the filing period.

Supporters accompanied both current Sheriff Ed McMahon and former Sheriff Sid Causey at the Board of Elections as they signed up to face each other in the Democratic primary this May.

Causey said he wanted to be the first to file, so he arrived at the Board of Elections office at 8 a.m., four hours before the office opened for candidates. He kept that first position until filing opened at noon. 

After filing, Causey told his supporters that he would not be running a negative campaign against McMahon. In his remarks to the public, Causey said he would not discriminate hiring someone based on their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. When asked if the remarks referred to the current sheriff, Causey did not say if he believes McMahon does such a thing. 

Causey did comment on the fact that he once threw his support behind McMahon to replace him after his retirement and now plans to run against him.  

"I apologize for that," he said. 

The former sheriff said he regrets supporting McMahon's appointment. Causey said he's not sure what changed to cause him to run against McMahon.

McMahon said he's disappointed about the personal comments from Causey, but said this race is not about individuals.

"This is about the office and what's best for the county," he said. 

Causey mentioned that the sheriff's office hasn't done enough for school security, but McMahon said he has worked with county and school leaders to find the best plan given the resources available.

McMahon was elected to his first term as sheriff in 2010 after serving out the remainder of Causey's term.

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