Filing begins for Lumbee elections

By: Staff Report

PEMBROKE — The filing period for seven seats on the Lumbee Tribal Council, including two in which incumbents are ineligible for re-election, begins on Monday and continues through Sept. 21.

Terry Hunt, who represents District 2, which includes Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna, and Lesaundri Hunt, who represents District 3, which includes Lumberton, West Howellsville and Clyburn Pines, have each served two consecutive three-year terms and are therefore ineligible for re-election under tribal law.

In order to file, a candidate must be at least 21 years old, an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and a resident of the district in which they file for at least 30 days. The filing fee is $250.

Candidates can file for the Nov. 14 election at the tribe’s Elections Office at 707 Union Chapel Road, Suite D, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the last day of filings, Sept. 21, the office will remain open until 5 p.m., according to elections Chairman Shelia Beck.

Other seats up for election are: District 5, which includes Oxendine and Prospect and is represented by Jarrod Lowery; District 6, which includes Raft Swamp and North Pembroke and is represented by Douglas Locklear Jr.; District 7, which includes South Pembroke and Union and is represented by Bill Brewington; District 11, which is Hoke County and is represented by Frank Cooper; and District 12, which includes Alfordsville, Maxton, and Scotland County and is represented by Shelly Strickland.

For information, call the Elections Office at 910-374-6290.

Staff Report