LUMBERTON – Nine people ran for candidacies in the upcoming local elections on Monday.
Postponed local elections for St. Pauls and Lumberton are March 8th. General elections are on November 8th.
Lumberton City Council
Three candidates ran for seats on Lumberton city council on Monday, including two incumbents. The seats of Precinct 2, held by Melissa Robinson; District 3, John Carroll; Precinct 5 John Cantey and Precinct 8, Owen Thomas are available for this choice.
Owen Thomas has requested the re-election of his seat in District 8 in the Council.
Thomas served in a number of roles including real estate agent, insurance broker, and president of Robeson Road Runners and the Robeson County Humane Society.
âI would like to thank the citizens of Lumberton Precinct 8 for allowing me to represent you for the past four years. Together we have lived through times of celebration and times of need. I strive to serve by being approachable, approachable, reliable, and transparent, showing love for our Lumberton community, and believing in a bright future, âThomas said in a statement.
âI humbly ask that I may continue to represent you by supporting myself in the upcoming elections. My top priorities will continue to be job creation, infrastructure, flood resistance, safety, community recreation, affordable housing, downtown revitalization and the best quality of life for all, âhe added.
Re-election to the city council has also been requested John Carroll. Carroll was elected after an election on January 20, 2019 and was appointed to the seat vacated by Burnis Wilkins after his election as sheriff.
Carroll serves on the city’s ElectriCities board of directors and security officer for the Robeson County Community Emergency Response Team.
âFirst of all, I’d like to thank the great people at Precinct 3 for allowing me to serve as their representative for the past two and a half years. I have lived in Lumberton for over 60 years. I have over 40 years of experience in the rescue service. I am a longtime member of the Pentecostals of Lumberton. Lumberton has made great strides in recovery efforts from two major hurricanes and now we are continuing through an unprecedented pandemic, “Carroll said in a statement to The Robesonian.
âI did my best to be attentive and respond to every single need that came to my attention. We have worked hard to keep our community as safe as possible. We also addressed issues to keep our community beautiful and attractive. We are currently involved in promoting economic development, repairing and rehabilitating infrastructure, improving public safety and urban services, and preparing our community in the event of another natural disaster. I have been available and transparent as your servant and voice to the great people of Precinct 3. I would love to continue serving you and strive to make Lumberton, Robeson County, and the surrounding area a better place for our families . I pray for your sincere consideration in my re-election as a member of District 3 City Council on March 8, 2022, âhe said in his statement.
Rhandi Cooper announced a candidacy for the District 5 seat on Lumberton City Council, currently held by John Cantey.
âMy name is Rhandi Cooper, I am 33 years old. I am the director of the local nonprofit The Village of Lumberton and a member of the NAACP. I am a single mother of 2 children. I am running for District Council 5 to revitalize the community by working with the programs already in place to make them work for the people. We have resources in the community and I plan to use these programs and support them with the goal of providing recreation and resources to the youth and seniors, “Cooper said in a statement.
âI also hope to help bring new programs to the area like the convicted felon re-entry program and job fairs to make them more accessible. My mission is to revitalize the community and rejuvenate the spirit of the people. This is our home, âadded Cooper.
Robeson County Board of Commissioners
The seats for the Robeson County Commissioner are as follows: District 2, held by Pauline Campbell; District 4, Faline Dial; District 6, David Edge and District 8, Lance Herndon.
Three Robeson County commissioners signed up Monday in hopes of securing their seats for another term, with a newcomer tossing a hat in the ring for a seat on the board.
lance Herndon, 46, submitted for re-election to the board on Monday. He is a Parkton resident and a graduate of St. Paul’s High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a degree in geography. He is employed as a farmer and was named Robeson County’s Young Farmer of the Year in 2004. Herndon represents District 8 on the board of directors.
Herndon was elected to the board in a special election in 2008 and took his grandfather’s seat for many years. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
He is married to Melissa Herndon, with whom he shares two children, Emmaline and Granger.
He serves as an elder for the Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church and an attorney for the UNC Health Foundation. Herndon served on the following boards: Robeson County Department of Social Services, as vice chairman; Robeson County Cooperative Expansion Advisory Board; Robeson County Housing Authority and Fayetteville Area Metro Planning Organization.
âI have been honored to serve as the district chairperson for District 8 since 2008. This is where I grew up, this is where I farm and we are proud to raise our family. District 8’s successes and opportunities are my top priorities for my neighbors, friends, my children, and all of Robeson County’s citizens and businesses, âsaid Herndon.
David Edge has also applied for a fourth term on the Commissioner Board. He is the owner of Image Supply Inc. of Lumberton.
“I think I’ve done a lot for this county,” he said. “I think there is more to be done.”
Some things Edge is proud of while serving on the board include his efforts to halt the county’s purchase of the Native Angels building and to disclose the commissioners’ former high pension benefits. He also stated that he helped the county save millions of dollars.
“I think we currently have the best board I’ve seen in the eleven years I’ve been there,” said Edge. “I think I have a lot of influence on that.”
Edge said he encouraged other commissioners to use their voices during the discussion and decision-making.
“I told people the truth and I started,” he said.
“I’ve been blessed and want to give back to the county,” added Edge.
Pauline Campbell also announced her offer to keep her seat on Monday. Campbell was elected in 2018 to serve in the same district as her late husband Berlester Campbell. She was selected by the Robeson County’s Democratic Party to receive the votes her husband won in the November 6 general election.
âThank you to the citizens of Robeson County for allowing me to serve as your Robeson County Commissioner for District 2 for the past 3 years. I have served some great calamities as well as fruitful times. The cooperation with the cities and various district administrations has led to our current success. The merger makes us a stronger county that offers us a better place to live, work and play. I respectfully ask for your vote as I continue to work on, but am not limited to, broadband across the county, jobs, infrastructure, housing, drainage, new businesses, and the needs of unserved areas, “Campbell wrote in a statement.
Sandy “Billy” Bowen has petitioned for the seat currently held by District 4 Commissioner Faline Dial.
Bowen did not provide biographical information or testimony to The Robesonian.
Robeson County Secretary to the Superior Court
Within the court system, a lifelong Robeson County resident Jamaica Campbell petitioned for the Robeson County High Court seat on Monday. The seat is currently held by Shelena Smith.
She is the daughter of Jeremiah and Annie Campbell and the youngest of three siblings, according to biographical information submitted to The Robesonian.
“I can live my life with my two wonderful children,” wrote Campbell.
Campbell is a 2005 graduate of Lumberton High School. She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a BS in criminal justice. For the past 10 years she has been employed by the prosecutor as a paralegal.
Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, cooking and, above all, enjoying life. She said her favorite quote was, “Either you pray or you worry, don’t do both” from an unknown author.
“As a candidate for the Robeson County Clerk of Superior Court, I have the professional, academic and legal knowledge to serve the citizens of Robeson County,” Campbell wrote in a statement. âMy goal is to move the clerk’s office forward by providing great customer service, accountability, rejuvenation, equality and solutions to everyone who comes in contact with the clerk’s office. The passion to serve the citizens of Robeson County and to build relationships with the community is very important. Please vote for Jamaica Campbell, because the time for change is now! “
Robeson County Sheriff
Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins also ran for re-election. He gave no information to the Robesonian.