WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The race for New Hanover County Sheriff has a Republican in the running.
Private investigator and radio talk show host Marc Benson filed today. Incumbent Ed McMahon and his predecessor Sid Causey have filed on the Democratic side.
Benson says his focus as sheriff will be to allocate resources to unincorporated parts of the county, improve the school resource officer program and to stop gang violence.
"What I intend to do as sheriff is to aggressively go after gang members," Benson said. "We know who they are. We're going to park in front of their house if we have to, and we're going to make sure that they're not going to bring harm to the rest of the public."
If elected, Benson, a former deputy, says he will continue to host his Blue Line Radio talk show to answer candid questions from the public.
Benson lost to McMahon by 22 percentage points in 2010.