LUMBERTON — Two candidates will be on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot for seats on the board overseeing Robeson County’s Soil and Water Conservation District.
The candidates for the two available seats on the five-member board, both of which are for four-year terms, are incumbent David Hedgepath, the board’s current chairman, and newcomer Billy Ray “Dollar Bill” Oxendine of Rowland. Oxendine is seeking the seat currently held by incumbent Joy Locklear, who is not running for re-election.
According to Dinah Jo Locklear, a senior deputy of elections with the Robeson County Board of Elections, Oxendine filed his candidacy only minutes before Monday’s noon deadline.
“He said he was waiting to see if Locklear was going to run for re-election,” she said.
Joanna McPhatter, who supervises the Robeson County Sewer and Water Conservation office, as well as serving as clerk to the board, said late last month that the district board is responsible for administering the N.C. Agriculture Cost Share Program.
“The board meets once a month, sometimes more,” she said. “Board members have to approve contracts and ensure that farmers participating in the program are in compliance with all regulations.”
The Agriculture Share Cost Program is voluntary and protects water quality by installing best management practices on agricultural lands. The program is supported by financial incentives, technical and educational assistance, and research and regulatory programs provided to farmers by the state’s local soil and water conservation districts.
McPhatter said there are 106 Soil and Water Conservation offices in North Carolina.