First Posted: 8/11/2009
PEMBROKE One incumbent was among the four people who filed Monday to run for Lumbee tribal offices.
Monday marked the beginning of the filing period for anyone interested in becoming tribal chairman or filling one of seven council seats. The filing period continues until Sept. 11.
Tony Hunt, of Hoke County, was the only candidate to file for the office of tribal chairman. Current Chairman Jimmy Goins by law cannot seek another term. Hunt did not provide any information to The Robesonian.
In District 4, which includes Red Springs and Philadelphus, incumbent Helen Locklear, 69, filed for a second three-year term to the Tribal Council.
I have always been dedicated to my district and in helping my elders and community, she said in a statement. I think Im the best candidate for the job. I have years of experience helping people in my community.
Locklear, a Philadelphus resident, is a member of Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Red Springs. She has worked for the Center for Community Action for 21 years.
She is the wife of the late Sanford Locklear, to whom she was married for 49 years. She has six children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In District 14, which includes East Howellsville, Wisharts and Britts, two candidates filed for the council. They are Homer Fields and Rosemarie Hunt.
Fields, 64, of Wisharts, is making his first bid for elected office.
I am running … in hopes of providing services in answering any concerns around the community, he said in a statement. I hope to see everyone come out and vote.
Fields is a member of Smyrna Baptist Church, where he serves as chairman of the Board of Deacons and is a Sunday school teacher. He also is a veteran and serves the tribe as chairman of the Elders Review Committee.
He is married to Lena G. Fields and has two sons, Jeffery and Patrick, and a daughter, Annette Rains.
Rosemarie Hunt did not provide any information to The Robesonian.