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Hunt files for District 14 seat

September 4, 2015

 

Jimmy Hunt filed on Friday for the District 14 seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council.

The seat is currently held by Homer Fields. Fields is finishing out his second term and is ineligible to seek re-election because the Lumbee Constitution prohibits council members from serving more than two consecutive terms.

Hunt lives in Lumberton.

The filing period will continue through September 18. There are seven council seats up for election, along with the chairman’s seat.

The tribal elections are set for November 17, 2015.

The other council seats up for election are Districts 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10. The Tribal Chairman’s seat is also up for election. Council members and the chairman serve three-year terms.

Three individuals, so far, has filed for Tribal Chairman, including Chairman Paul Brooks, Harvey Godwin Jr. and Lynn Bruce Jacobs.

The District 1 seat, held by Evan Davenport, includes Gaddy, Rowland, Orrum and Sterlings.

District 4, held by Jonathan Locklear, includes Red Springs and Philadelphus. Locklear has filed for re-election.

District 5, held by Bobby Dean Oxendine, includes Oxendine and Prospect.

District 7, held by Robert Chavis, includes South Pembroke and Union.

District 9, held by Anita Hammonds Blanks, includes Saddletree. Elaine Collins has filed in District 9.

District 10, held by Terry Collins, includes Shannon, Rennert and South St. Pauls.

District 14, held by Homer Fields, includes East Howellsville, Wisharts and Britts.

Council members Robert Chavis, Terry Collins and Homer Fields are ineligible to seek re-election because the Lumbee Constitution prohibits council members from serving more than two consecutive terms.

The filing fee for the chairman seat is $500. The filling fee for the council seat is $250.

To be eligible to be a candidate for chairman, candidates must be at least 35 years of age, maintained their residency in the tribal territory for the past year, and have no felony conviction.

To be eligible to serve on the Tribal Council, a person must be an enrolled tribal member of at least 21 years of age; maintained his or her principal residence in the district for no less than one year; and have no felony conviction.

The Tribal Election office is located at 78-D, Three Hunt’s Drive in the Comtech Business Park off N.C. 711 in Pembroke. Office hours are from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The phone number is (910) 521-8965.

 

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