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Sweat, Lowery files for Council seats

Two tribal members filed on Tuesday, September 15, to run for separate seats on the Lumbee Tribal Council.

Lakeshia Sweat filed to run in District 1. Evan Davenport currently holds the seat which includes Rowland, Gaddy, Whitehouse, Sterlings, Thompson and Orrum.

Barbara Lowery filed to run in District 14. Homer Fields currently holds the seat which includes East Howellsville, Wisharts and Britts communities. Fields is ineligible to seek re-election because the Lumbee Constitution prohibits council members from serving more than two consecutive terms.

Council members’ terms are for three years.

The filing period ends Friday, September 18. The Tribal Elections will be held on November 17.

There are seven council seats up for election, along with the chairman’s seat.

Aside from District 7, the other seats up for election are Districts 1, 4, 5, 9 and 10.

The chairman’s seat is also up for election this year.

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

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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