LUMBERTON — County Commissioner David Edge on Wednesday filed for re-election to a second four-year term representing District 6, and a member of the Public Schools of Robeson County’s school board also filed to keep her seat.
Edge, the only Republican on the board, moved to Robeson County in 1976 at the age of 23. As a high school graduate, he started a new business, Image Supply Inc., the business of which he is still president today.
Edge has served on several industry boards, as well as the board for the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of The New Life Church of Lumberton, and serves as a church trustee, council member and president.
Edge has founded four businesses in Robeson County and still owns three of them. He is married to Kathryn Edge and they have three children and six grandchildren.
“I pride myself in being fair and honest. Everyone deserves to be heard and respected,” Edge said in a statement.
In his announcement for re-election, Edge said that he has answered or returned every constituent call since becoming a county commissioner. He also said that during his four years on the board, the commissioners’ deferred compensation and family health insurance plans have been eliminated, resulting in a savings to county taxpayers of well over $1 million.
Edge said that he has been the leader in getting better laws passed to stop copper thieves, as well as leading efforts to put the hiring of county employees into the hands of the county manager and remove the commissioners from being directly involved in that process. He said he also pulled together the support of five commissioners to buy the BB&T building in downtown Lumberton, action that had been delayed for two years because of a split vote by the board, and negotiated the deal down from $1 million to $500,000.
According to Edge, he was also instrumental in getting other commissioners to join with the Lumberton City Council to finish paving the parking lot on the corner of Fifth and Water streets.
“My purpose as a commissioner was to make a difference, and I have. I have built leadership and confidence with other commissioners and they know I am a man of my word,” he said. “I have heard them say, ‘We know where he stands.’”
Edge is the second candidate to file for the seat, joining Lloyd “Micky” Meekins, who filed in the Democratic primary.
Also on Wednesday, Brenda S. Fairley-Ferebee filed for re-election to the District 2 seat on the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education.
“The attitude I have tried my best to carry has been one of cohesiveness with the objective of supporting programs that provides a high quality education not only for college prep students, but all students who attend the Public Schools of Robeson County,” Ferebee said in a statement. “The purpose of my votes on all issues were to assure parents that children of our district are ready to compete globally in a technological driven society.”
Ferebee said that the past few years on the board have been very challenging because of a decrease in school funding has led to school districts statewide having to make difficult decisions on how to meet state mandates dealing with students and staff.
Ferebee’s church affiliations include the Apostle to the Nations, International Ministry Fellowships, London; being a member of the Apostle of Trusting In Jesus Ministry, Dobbins Heights; and being a member of Southern Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Rowland. She also is a retired interim zoning director for Robeson County.
Ferebee has four children and eight grandchildren.
Ferebee is the second candidate to file to run for the District 2 board seat, joining challenger Effie Nicholson McEachin.
The candidate filing period for the May 6 primary continues through noon on Feb. 28.