First Posted: 1/15/2009
Mark Locklear-Staff writer
PEMBROKE - More than a dozen people are running for seven Lumbee Tribal Council seats that are up during the Nov. 2 Tribal Election.
Four candidates waited until Friday, the end of the two-week filing period, to announce their candidacy. All the eligible incumbents are seeking re-election. Tribal members will have new representatives in District 2, 6 and 7 due to the rule that forbids council members from serving two consecutive terms.
Races will be held in District 2, which includes Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna townships; District 3 in Lumberton; District 6, Raft Swamp and North Pembroke; District 7, South Pembroke and Union precincts; District 8, Burnt Swamp. District 12, Scotland County, Maxton, and Alfordsville; and District 13, Cumberland County, Parkton, Lumber Bridge, and North St. Pauls
Newcomers Gerald Goolsby and Terry McNeill are seeking to fill the seat held by Louise Mitchell. Mitchell can't run because of the term limit rule.
Incumbent David Carter will face three challengers, Earl Scott, Pam Spaulding and Hearl Oxendine, who filed on Friday. Oxendine didn't provide any biographical information to The Robesonian.
After Larry Townsend, the District 6 incumbent, was ruled ineligible, his wife, Rose Marie Lowery-Townsend, announced her candidacy for the seat. Also running are McDuffie Cummings and Lawrence Locklear.
Challengers Sherman Brooks, James Harold Locklear and James Earl Scott are seeking Delton Oxendine's seat. Oxendine has served two consecutive terms.
Locklear, the former Public Works director in Pembroke, filed on Friday. He said he has a desire to represent not only the people of District 7, but the Lumbee tribe as a whole.
“With past administrative experience and the ability to work with others, I feel that I would contribute greatly to all areas of Tribal Council business as a district representative,” Locklear said. “Federal recognition, housing, recreation, job placement and elder quality of life are all increasingly important aspects for our tribal members as well as myself. Fostering a better working environment among the Tribal Council and the community is also a priority. I will use a people-oriented, common sense approach when searching and finding answers to our many concerns.”
Locklear, a father of three and a grandfather of five, is a Vietnam veteran and deacon of Faith Baptist Church. He is also the Adult Class teacher at the church. He lives in Pembroke.
Incumbent Jerl Locklear of Pembroke is running unopposed in District 8.
Incumbent Montford “Buddy” Dial of Maxton filed for re-election of Friday. He is being challenged by Danita Locklear, a former council member, who filed on Friday.
“I want to go back so I can continue to promote equality for all American Indian people,” Locklear said. “I want to ensure that they receive the services they deserve. I find there are many people that don't know how to fight for themselves or who to contact.”
Locklear has an accounting degree from Fayetteville State University and is married to Harlie Locklear. She has two daughters, Janel and Danielle, and three grandchildren. She lives in Maxton and is a member of Mt. Hebron Church in Maxton.
Dial did not provide any information to The Robesonian.
Incumbent Alton “Al” Locklear of Fayetteville is being challenged by the Rev. Ricky Burnett of Hope Mills.