LUMBERTON — Five more candidates have filed for the May primary — one looking for re-election to the Public School’s of Robeson County’s Board of Education, one vying for a turn as sheriff, and three looking to be re-elected as a District Court judge.
Randy Hammonds, a former state Highway Patrol troop commander, filed for sheriff, a position currently held by Kenneth Sealey. Hammonds filed as a Republican.
Hammonds retired from the Highway Patrol in 2007 after overseeing Troop B, which encompasses 11 counties, including Robeson. Hammonds worked with the Highway Patrol for 30 years.
“I have a vision which frees us from our past and paves a way to a brighter and successful future … Crime has invaded all our lives in Robeson County, so we must be very creative and intentional, exploring every available option there is and not be afraid of doing things differently to attack the problem,” Hammonds said.
Hammonds graduated from Orrum High School in 1975 and from Pembroke State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1979.
Hammonds, who lives in Lumberton, previously served as chairman of Lumberton Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau, among other civil involvements.
In 1984, he was named Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and earned the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in 1986. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award in 2007, the state’s highest civilian award.
Hammonds and his wife, Letress Hammonds, have two sons, Travis and Chad.
Two people have filed as Democrats for Sheriff’s Office, Sealey, the incumbent, and Lennis Watts, who is making his second run as a challenger.
Dwayne Smith filed Monday for a second four-year term representing the the school board’s 8th District.
“I want to serve on the board again so I can help get parents more involved working with the teachers and kids,” Smith said. “With parents and teachers working together, we can help children successfully achieve academically from one level to the next.”
Smith manages his family’s business, Smith’s Body Shop in Lumberton, which has been in operation since 1972.
Smith graduated from Lumberton High School in 1986 and received a degree in Health Education in 1991 from Pembroke State College, now The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is a member of Saddletree Church of God and the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Kiwanis Club.
Smith is married to Kimberly Bennett Smith. They have a son, Bennett Bryson Smith.
He is the only person who has filed so far in the 8th District.
Also filing Monday for re-election as a District Court judge for Judicial Dstrict 16B were J. Stanley Carmical, Herbert Richardson and John Carter, all incumbents. None provided The Robesonian with any information.