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LUMBERTON — Those wishing to be on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot for a seat on the board overseeing Robeson County’s Soil & Water Conservation District have until early July to file as a candidate.


The filing period for the two seats on the five-member board up for election, both of which are for four-year terms, began Monday at noon. Filing ends at noon on Monday, July 7.


Candidates must file in person at the county Board of Elections office weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. The office is located at 800 N. Walnut St. in Lumberton.


The two members of the board up for re-election are David Hedgepath and Joy Locklear.


According to Joanna McPhatter, who supervises the Robeson County Sewer and Water Conservation office, as well as serves as the clerk to the board and as an environmental education teacher, said that the district board administers the N.C. Agriculture Cost Share Program.


“The board meets once a month, sometimes more,” she said. “Board members have to approve contracts and ensure that farmers participating in the program are in compliance with all regulations.”


The Agriculture Share Cost Program is voluntary and protects water quality by installing best management practices on agricultural lands. The program is supported by financial incentives, technical and educational assistance, and research and regulatory programs provided to farmers by the state’s local soil and water conservation districts.


There are 106 Soil and Water Conservation office in North Carolina, McPhatter said.


For information about candidate filing, call the Robeson County Board of Elections at 910-671-3010.


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