McVicker re-elected as Bladen County Sheriff

Incumbent James McVicker has been re-elected for a third term as Bladen County’s sheriff.
Published: Nov. 1, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 at 9:49 PM EST
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BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Incumbent James McVicker has been re-elected for a third term as Bladen County’s sheriff.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday, McVicker led challenger Hakeem Brown, 6,507-5,216. The vote totals are unofficial until they are canvassed by county elections officials.

In 2018, McVicker defeated Brown by a 55% - 45% margin. Both men easily won this year’s primary elections to set up this second general election meeting.

McVicker is a native of Bladen County, who started his law enforcement career with the Lumberton Police Department before joining the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He retired from the NCSHP in 2001 and taught law enforcement training courses before campaigning for sheriff and winning his first term in 2014.

Brown grew up in nearby Columbus County and has a criminal justice degree from UNC Pembroke, and a Master of Justice Administration degree from Methodist University. He started his law enforcement career in 2011 with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, working as a deputy and school resource officer. He later became a License and Theft Inspector with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.