Third candidate files for county’s District 6 seat

By Bob Shiles

February 22, 2014

LUMBERTON — A third person filed on Friday for the District 6 seat on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.

Brenda Wilkins-Bullard, 53, will run as a Democrat for the seat now held by Republican David Edge, who is seeking re-election.

Bullard, a resident of Shannon, graduated from Red Springs High School in 1980. She has an associate degree in Applied Science in General Office Technology from Robeson Community College. She is also a licenced cosmetologist, certified nursing assistant and notary.

Bullard is a part-time secretary at Bullard Construction; a former secretary at L&R Rentals; and a former administrative assistant at Stevens Outreach Center. She is a musician and singer; the current executive director of American Mothers; and a small farm owner.

Bullard is a member of Friendly Temple Church. She is married to Redell Bullard of Bullard Construction. They have three children.

Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins filed last week as a Democratic candidate for the District 6 seat.

Also on Friday, Beverly Collins-Hall became the second candidate to file for the state Senate District 13 seat, which includes Columbus and Robeson counties.

The seat, currently held by retiring Sen. Michael Walters, a Democrat, is also being challenged by Jane Smith, a retired realtor from Lumberton. Republican Bernard White, of Whiteville, has filed to run in the Republican primary.

Hall, 55, graduated from Red Springs High School in 1977. She received a degree in cosmetology from Robeson Community College in 1992 and a CNAI degree from RCC in 1995. She is currently a senior at The University of orth Carolina at Pembroke, majoring in American Indian Studies. She has training as a lay health adviser and in organic farming.

Hall is a small business owner and farmer. She has operated Beverly Salon since 1995; is currently a CNAI; served as director for American Indian Mothers Inc. from 2000 to 2013; and has been a member of the Lumber River Council of Government for the Aging since 2002. She is the founder of American Indian Mothers Inc.; was a VISTA 2005-06 director of Land Loss Prevention Project; and CBO member/USDA 2002 to 2009. She is presently vice chairman of SAFFON, president of Three Sisters Organic Farm and Cooperative, and president of Morning Star Wild Game Restaurant.

Hall is a member and ward missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is married to Kenneth Preston Hall and has three children.

The filing period ends on Friday at noon.