PEMBROKE — The two-7 days applicant submitting interval for the Nov. 9 Lumbee Tribe election ended Friday with a closing count of 15 people vying for seats on the Lumbee Tribal Council and to occupy the place of work of tribal chairman.
Ron Oxendine, Corbin Eddings, John Lowery and Theresa Locklear will be on the ballot for the chairman seat presently occupied by Harvey Godwin Jr. Godwin is serving his 2nd consecutive term, which means he is not suitable to request reelection.
Locklear, a member of the Pembroke Town Council, submitted Friday for tribal chair.
Throughout her time as council member, she has delivered oversight for the town’s once-a-year $7 million spending plan, strengthened partnerships with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to make certain development and success, expanded group relations though local community gatherings, and assisted with COVID-19 and catastrophe recovery endeavours, according to facts submitted to The Robesonian.
She also has assisted protected and oversee a lot more than $13 million in grant funding in the course of term on the council, and has applied programs geared toward local community involvement.
In addition to serving the city, Locklear has served on the Lumbee Tribe Supreme Courtroom, Robeson County Pretrial Launch Plan board, Southeastern Loved ones Violence Middle and Pembroke Housing Authority as chairperson.
Locklear has 21 yrs of practical experience as an investigator with the Robeson County General public Defender’s Business, conducting in-depth research and demo preparation, and was a certified medical social worker.
She is the mom of two and has six grandchildren.
She is working on the system “Preparing, Preserving, Guarding.”
Lowery filed for tribal chairman on Wednesday and is searching to make certain every single voice is listened to, according to a release submitted to The Robesonian.
Lowery invested the earlier quite a few months meeting with thousands of tribal customers throughout the condition, in accordance to the release. Following hearing their considerations, Lowery reported he’s running to serve all Lumbee — not just the politically connected — and to fight for full federal recognition, a new drug rehab facility, development at the Lumbee Tribal Cultural Middle, growth of 8(a) jobs and businesses, enhanced elder and veteran solutions with a focus on well being care, to advocate for fostering and adoption of tribe youth, cultural and historic preservation, greater journey and tourism, improved housing products and services for all Lumbee Tribe members, and promotion of far better psychological and actual physical wellness care.
“Every single member of our tribe justifies to be read,” Lowery explained. “I’m jogging to make certain the tribe performs for anyone and to struggle for the recognition and means we are worthy of.”
Lowery served on the Lumbee Tribal Council for four decades, symbolizing District 5 (the Prospect and Wakulla communities) from 2006 to 2009 and was chairman of the Structure and Ordinance, and Federal Recognition committees. All through his tenure, Lowery voted to approve a Boys and Ladies Club for District 5, which now serves as the Two Streams Group Setting up. He also secured rehabilitation resources for the Prospect Men’s Club and allocated funding in the finances for the Red Hill Residences Complex local community creating.
Considering the fact that his time on the Lumbee Tribal Council, Lowery has labored for the Nationwide Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., served in the Business office of Tribal Relations at the United States Division of Agriculture, served just lately as Regional Functions director for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and labored with the Lumbee Tribe to seek the services of a veteran representative to assistance Lumbee veterans with particular barriers to employment. Lowery at this time serves as the Tribal Liaison for Carolina Entire Wellbeing.
Early in his occupation, Lowery was a youth development professional and a civics trainer with the Community Educational institutions of Robeson County.
He retains a Learn of General public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s diploma in education and learning from UNCP, and a bachelor’s diploma in political science with a small in American Indian Research from UNCP. He life in Lumberton with his wife, Jessica, who is an educator with the Community Schools of Robeson County, and their two little ones, John II and Jenna.
Lowery is a founding board member of the Previous Key STREAM Academy Charter Faculty in Pembroke and at the moment serves as a board member of the Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton. He also is a board member of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Robeson County Farm Bureau Security Committee.
Eddings, the present vice chairman of the Lumbee Tribal Council, submitted Monday for tribal chairman.
In accordance to biographical facts submitted to The Robesonian, he is the son of the late Randolph Eddings and Katheryn Brewington Eddings. Eddings has two brothers and a sister and comes from a family members with a “storied historical past of armed forces services.” He is married to his spouse of 26 decades, Misha Waltman Eddings. They have two sons, Kalen and Brant.
Eddings is a member and Sunday Faculty teacher at Mt. Airy Baptist Church. He has been working in the insurance coverage industry for the previous 21 several years and opened Corbin Eddings State Farm Insurance policies Company in April 2009.
Eddings is a member of the Pembroke Kiwanis Club and has formerly served on the board of directors for the Pembroke Space Chamber of Commerce and the Robeson Historic Drama Association. He is a life time member of the Lumbee Warriors Veterans Association and is the present-day District 8 representative on the Lumbee Tribal Council, where by he has served as vice chairman considering the fact that 2019.
He is an active council member, serving on the following committees: Housing, Financial Improvement, Federal Recognition, Finance, Education, and Ethics. Through his time on the Tribal Council, Eddings is most proud to have supported the initiatives to start off reside streaming Council meetings, financial reporting specifications, the renovations of the Lumbee Cultural Middle, bringing back again “Strike at the Wind!”, tribal scholarships, Educational Housing vouchers, opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the progress of the Catastrophe Restoration Method.
“I have served this tribe throughout Hurricanes Matthew & Florence, and all over the COVID-19 pandemic,” Eddings wrote in a assertion submitted to The Robesonian. “I have noticed the several great things this tribe has finished even though dealing with some of the most adverse cases. I have been capable to witness firsthand the successes and build educated methods for potential advancements. I am really humbled to have the option to perhaps provide my people in this new job and I glimpse forward to carry on operating with the all branches of the Lumbee Tribal Federal government as we attempt to better engage with the proud users of the Lumbee Tribe.”
Oxendine submitted for chairman on the initially day of the two-week filing time period.
Born in 1954 in Laurinburg, Oxendine graduated from Pembroke Condition University in 1973 and entered the United States Maritime Corps’ Officer Candidate College, according to biographical data submitted to The Robesonian. Commissioned in May perhaps 1974, Oxendine went on to total an extensive navy occupation that spanned two many years.
Oxendine used the following section of his occupation in the defense sector, which included serving as a theater air and missile protection units engineer for far more than 20 a long time.
An specialist in command-and-handle techniques and theater air and missile defense, Oxendine started out RNB Systems, Inc. in July 2000, and he is now president and CEO of RNB Holdings, Inc.
Oxendine served as the COO and later as vice president for Operations of Lumbee Tribe Enterprises, LLC 2012-2020, and designed the 8(a) Application for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
He is married to Tina Rose Locklear and they reside in Maxton. They have a few daughters, Jerzie Locklear of the house, Brittany Lowery of Aberdeen, and Blaine Reyes of Alexandria, Virginia.
Oxendine’s is jogging for tribal chairman to provide the members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and carry an objective business enterprise method to the tribal authorities, in accordance to his biographical information.
His solution to management is “honesty,” “integrity,” “proven results” and “openness.”
A single seat each is up for election in Tribal Council districts 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 14.
Billy Oxendine and Audrey Hunt filed for the District 1 seat held by Carvicous Barfield, who did not file for reelection.
Billy Oxendine reported he is jogging for “our citizens of Robeson County and all the District of The Lumbee Tribe,” he wrote in a assertion submitted Wednesday to The Robesonian.
“I have filed for District 1 seat with your all’s rely on and assistance it would be an honor to characterize our district,” he wrote. “By operating with each other, we can all be winners at the table.”
Hunt, who filed Friday, did not submit biographic information to The Robesonian.
Jody Bullard and Kindra Locklear are trying to find election to the District 4 seat held by Ted Woodell. Woodell also opted out of filing for reelection.
Locklear is the granddaughter of Sanford and Helen Locklear, and the daughter of Michael and Sharon Locklear, according to biographical facts sent Friday to The Robesonian. She resides in the Philadelphus neighborhood with her “wonderful” husband and two little ones.
“My spouse and children and I show up at Prospect United Methodist Church,” her submission reads in section.
Locklear is a system manager for Arctic IT. She labored at UNCP for 12 many years as an IT portfolio supervisor. She received her bachelor’s diploma in American Indian Scientific studies, and a master’s diploma in community administration from UNCP.
She is a member of the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority and is a 2018 UNCP Governor’s Award for Excellence nominee.
“I proudly stand with an ambitious drive to serve my folks,” she wrote in a assertion. “I am operating for Tribal Council simply because I want to be a voice for my Lumbee individuals. I will stand for what is right even if I have to stand by yourself. I am committed to earning all issues superior for my individuals via impressive practices, collaboration, and transparency.”
Bullard, who filed Tuesday, is 44 a long time outdated and married to Kelli Bullard and alongside one another the have 4 ladies, Kaleigh, Kensley, Kadance and Kenadi.
He retains a Bachelor of Science diploma from Western Carolina College, and is established to graduate from South College in December with a master’s in community administration.
Wendy Moore Graham submitted for reelection onto her District 5 seat. She is the sole candidate, so she will sustain the seat.
Nanci Locklear is the only particular person to file for the District 7 seat. Reginald Oxendine Jr., who is ending his 2nd time period, are unable to request reelection.
Incumbent Dewey McNeill is the sole applicant to file for the District 9 seat that represents the Saddletree community. He will provide his second phrase on the board.
District 10 will have a competitive race, with Bobby Emmanuel and Rodney Taylor vying for the seat held by Marshil Locklear. Locklear did not file for reelection.
Homer Fields and Tammy Sampson are managing for the District 14 seat, which is held by Terry Hunt, who also did not file for reelection.
A fulfill-the-candidates celebration is scheduled for Sept. 13. Details will be declared at a later date.