First Posted: 1/15/2009
PEMBROKE - A special election for the Lumbee Tribal Council has been rescheduled.
The election in Districts 10, 12, 13 and 14 is now set for June 21. The original day for the election had been June 14.
The filing period will not be affected. Filing began Friday and will close at 5 p.m. on May 13. Candidates in the District 10 and 14 races can file at the Tribal Enrollment Office on Union Chapel Road in Pembroke. The cost is $150.
District 10 representative Kenneth Locklear and District 14 representative Jimmy Hunt both resigned in December.
New elections were ordered in the District 12 and 13 races after charges of illegal voting. Results that were never certified had District 12 representative Montford “Buddy” Dial beating challenger Danita Locklear by two votes, and District 13 incumbent Al Locklear receiving 15 more votes than challenger Ricky Burnette.
Absentee ballots can be requested from May 30 to June 10. The deadline to return an absentee ballots is June 17.
Elections Board Chairman R.D. Locklear said the date of the election was rescheduled because Tribal Administrator Leon Jacobs and some staff members will be out of town on June 14. They will be attending the National American Indian Housing Council's conference in Connecticut from June 13-15.