First Posted: 2/3/2011
LUMBERTON David Cox, a lifelong Lumberton resident, is the first candidate to file for the District 2 City Council seat that was left vacant with the resignation of Wyatt Johnson.
A political newcomer, the 33-year-old Cox filed on Friday, the first day of the filing period.
I think I can bring some perspective to the city and the council, Cox said. I want to continue to improve on the assets of Lumberton.
Cox said the Lumberton parks and recreation needs more attention. He said he wants to see more activities for youths and for seniors at the Pine Street Activities Center.
Being younger, I have the energy to go out and meet with the public, he said. And being self-employed, I have the time to talk to the community, not just the citizens of District 2, but all the citizens. Cox owns and operates Sammys Auto Sales on West Fifth Street, along with his father, Sammy Cox.
Cox is married to Michelle and has a daughter, Lauren. He is a member of the Lumberton Lions Club and First Baptist Church.
Cox graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.
The filing period for the April 5 election began Friday and ends Feb. 18. The filing fee is $15, according to Dock Locklear, the supervisor of the Robeson County Board of Elections.
The winner of the April 5 election, which is non-partisan, will be seated immediately and fulfill the remainder of Johnsons four-year term, which expires at the end of 2013.
Locklear said the special election would be like a regular election, with an early voting period that would begin on March 17 and end April 2. All of Lumberton precinct No. 2 and part of Lumberton No. 1 is in District 2. The deadline to register for the election is March 11.