To the Editor,
I am a candidate running for Tribal District 5, which represents Prospect and Oxendine communities, on Nov. 13. I do not take this responsibility lightly nor do I believe that positive change will happen overnight.
It is my belief that for an individual to vote, he or she must educate themselves about the candidate and know their platform. I have 20 years local government experience and have worked closely with the local Economic Development office in Robeson County to create more than 200 and bring $7 million in through local or state funds.I know that it is time that we create a health-care system that can assist our elderly and disabled.
We must unite and work together for the common good of the people. There are monies available for education scholarship but we must be willing to seek those funds. As a veteran who has served honorably in the military, I have seen firsthand the frustration of the veterans in this area. I am a former member of the State Emergency Response Team. My job was to work with families or communities that were dealing firsthand with crisis while leading a crisis team to New York during 9/11. I witnessed firsthand the devastation of the terrorist attacks. Our local Robesonians — heroes — arrived there on Sept. 13, 2001, and worked tirelessly trying to assist the families of the victims in the aftermath of 9/11.
My concern is to assist our people who are in need, whether it is veterans services, an entrepreneur wanting to create their on business, educational assistance or housing.
Our youth are our future. We must nurture their minds through education and allow them to focus on their dream as well. A local arts program needs to be created that consists of vocal, dance, music and theatre programs.
Don’t vote on Nov. 13 because of who that person may be affiliated with, but vote for the person that can make a positive difference in your community.
Millicent Strickland Collins
District 5 candidate
Lumbee Tribal Council