PEMBROKE — A third person on Thursday entered the race for the District 7 seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council.
Alvin John Mercer, a Pembroke businessman, joined Anthony Miller and Norman Woodward “Woody” Sampson as candidates for the seat representing South Pembroke and Union.
“I want to continue supporting the needs of our elders in the area of housing and all tribal services that they are entitled to, in addition to the positive services offered to our Lumbee youth,” Mercer said in a statement.
Mercer, a lifelong resident of Pembroke, is a member of Harpers Ferry Baptist Church and serves on the Pembroke Planning Board.
District 7 incumbent Robert Chavis is ineligible to seek another term.
Today is the last day to file as a candidate for the Nov. 17 election. Anyone wishing to do so can file from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elections Board office at 78-D, Three Hunts Drive, in COMtech.
In addition to District 7, voters will elect representatives in District 1, Gaddy, Rowland, Orrum and Sterlings; District 4, Red Springs and Philadelphus; District 5, Oxendine and Prospect; District 9, Saddletree; District 10, Shannon, Rennert and South St. Pauls; and District 14, East Howellsville, Wisharts and Britts.
Five people have filed for the chairmanship, including Paul Brooks, who currently holds the seat.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.