Longtime New Hanover Co. sheriff McMahon wins Democratic primary

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 1:23 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Longtime incumbent Ed McMahon held off challenger Kelvin Hargrove in the Democratic primary for New Hanover County Sheriff.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, McMahon had 9,377 votes to Hargrove’s 4,908. The vote totals are unofficial until they are canvassed by county elections officials.

McMahon has served as New Hanover County Sheriff since his appointment to the position in 2009. He was previously elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018. He has worked for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office since 1991.

The sheriff says his experience helped him gain an edge against Hargrove. He says the community also knows he gets the job done as crime has dropped 41 percent in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County over the last seven years. McMahon hopes that reputation gives him the same advantage in November’s general election.

“Look at my track history. Look at what we’ve been doing. Look at the relationships we have in the community, with other law enforcement agencies,” said Sheriff McMahon. “We’ve got all the national accreditations and so I believe people just realize that things are going well and we’re doing a good job so they’re supporting us.”

In the general election, McMahon will face Matt Rhodes, who ran unopposed in this year’s Republican primary election.

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