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Pender Co. Sheriff will vie to keep position for 4th term

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Pender Co. Sheriff Carson Smith (Source: www.carsonsmithsheriff.com) Pender Co. Sheriff Carson Smith (Source: www.carsonsmithsheriff.com)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Republican Carson Smith, who currently serves as the Pender County Sheriff will be running for a 4th term in November.

Smith beat out fellow Republican Don Nichols in the May Primary Election. Smith received 70 percent of the votes with 1,562 and Nichols received 646 or 29 percent.

Smith was first elected as sheriff in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 when he beat out Adam Dillon.

If re-elected again, Smith said one of his priorities will be a new jail.

On his website, Smith argued the current one is overcrowded and they are forced to pay other counties to keep Pender County prisoners.

He went on to say they will have to pay $500,000 this year to Onslow and New Hanover County to house Pender criminals and Smith argues the prices are rising every year.

Smith also said he wants to create a Marine Safety Program. It would be a joint effort between the Sheriff's Office and Pender EMS and Fire.

A boat would be staffed all summer, with a sheriff's deputy and paramedic on board.

Smith will be running against Scott Lawson in the sheriff's race in November. Lawson was the only Democratic candidate to enter the race.

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