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Retired CMPD Det. Garry McFadden launches sheriff's campaign
Reality TV star takes on incumbent Carmichael
Published Monday, February 12, 2018 8:40 pm
by Daniel J. Watson

Garry McFadden, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detective, greets supporters Monday at the Mecklenburg Board of Elections. McFadden filed to campaign for Mecklenburg County sheriff, where he'll challenge incumbent Irwin Carmichael and Antoine Ensley.

Garry McFadden wants to get back into law enforcement.

The retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police homicide detective and former reality TV star is officially a candidate for Mecklenburg County sheriff after filing for office Monday.

“When I got up this morning I said that this is going to change my life and some other people’s lives as well,” said McFadden, who is a first-time candidate. “I had a moment in my living room earlier today where I said I’m going to subject myself to the citizens of Charlotte to help change it. For me it’s just an extension of what I’ve been doing all my life, working with people and helping people.”

McFadden’s platform issues are: creating and enforcing policies and procedures with transparent accountability, reduce crime through the implementation of vocational and mentoring opportunities and establish community engagement.

“I came here today to show support of his candidacy and to remind him that the Golden Bull nation is behind him,” said former state senator Malcolm Graham, who attended Johnson C. Smith University with McFadden in the 1980s. “I think it’s going to be a competitive campaign, we have three extraordinary candidates running so it’s no given that Mr. McFadden is going to win, but I am very optimistic that he’s going to run a strong campaign. He’s going to go out to the community to share his vision and message on why he’s wants to be the next sheriff, from there I know the county will make a fair decision.”

McFadden, who starred in Investigation Discovery’s “I Am Homicide,” will square off against incumbent Sheriff Irwin Carmichael and fellow challenger Antoine Ensley, a former CMPD sergeant and the city of Charlotte’s human resources manager. Carmichael is in his first four-year term.

“I think 37 years of consistent law enforcement – no break, you know, not part-time – will allow me to do a good job,” McFadden said. “The reason I say that is because I’ve been through every facet in law enforcement. But you see burglary, you see robbery, you do homicide, and then I took all of that and went to the community and then tried to help it work better”

Early voting will open April 19 and end May 5 at 1 p.m. The primary is May 8.

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