First Posted: 2/17/2011
LUMBERTON —The filing period to put your name in as a candidate for Lumberton City Council in District 2 ends Friday at noon.
So far, two men have filed to run in the special election April 5 to replace Wyatt Johnson, who resigned in December. They are David Cox and John “Big Wayne” Robinson.
Johnson, who represented District 2 on the council since 1985, resigned that seat effective Dec. 31. The winner of the April 5 election, which is non-partisan, will be seated immediately and fulfill the remainder of Johnson’s four-year term, which expires at the end of 2013.
Dock Locklear, director of the Robeson County Board of Elections. said the early voting period will be from March 17 to April 2. All of Lumberton Precinct No. 2 and part of Lumberton Precinct No. 1 is in District 2. The deadline to register to vote in the election is March 11.
Locklear estimated the cost of the election at $10,000 to $12,000, which the city will handle.
Cox, a lifelong Lumberton resident, was the first candidate to file for the open seat.
“I think I can bring some perspective to the city and the council ,” said Cox, a 33-year-old political newcomer. “I want to continue to improve on the assets of Lumberton.”
He owns and operates Sammy’s Auto Sales on West Fifth Street, along with his father, Sammy Cox Jr..
Originally from Washington, D.C., Robinson, 47, has lived in Lumberton 42 years.
“I love the city of Lumberton ,” Robinson said. “I love the people and I like what they are doing here.”
Robinson owns and operates Big Wayne’s Towing and Automotive on East Elizabethtown Road.
The filing fee is $15. The filing period began Jan. 28.