For the first time, perhaps ever, local Republicans are running an African-American to be the next Marion County Sheriff. Emmitt Carney is a 31 year law enforcement veteran. First as a Kentucky State Trooper and for the last 25 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In his first live radio interview Amos & Abdul talked with Carney about why he wants to be the next Marion County Sheriff and what would be his priorities if elected. Carney said he would stress the basic duties of the Sheriff which includes operation of the Marion County Jail, serving warrants, maintaining the Sex Offender Registry and operating the 911 Communications system. Carney stressed he could stay within his budget. But Carney shied away from saying he would take an active role in additional law enforcement duties, though he acknowledged as a member of the law enforcement “community” he would be open to appeals from other agencies for help. Carney’s is the choice of the leadership of the Marion County Republican Organization. Carney is expected to be slated (endorsed by the party in February) though he could face a primary challenge. Carney would face incumbent Democratic Sheriff John Layton. He’s expected to face primary opposition from Mark Brown who opposed Layton in the primary four years ago. Click the Arrow to Hear the Interview with GOP Sheriff Candidate Emmitt Carney. Runs 41 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.