PEMBROKE — Two candidates filed this week for seats on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council, and no one new filed for the chairman’s seat.
In District 5, which encompasses the communities of Oxendine and Prospect, Ruby B. Locklear filed for the seat currently held by Kernice Locklear, who is ineligible to seek a third consecutive term.
A Robeson County native, Ruby Locklear is a certified school social worker with the Public Schools of Robeson County.
“My vision for the Lumbee Tribe is unity and perseverance. The Lumbee Tribal Government guided by our constitution must collaboratively deliver educational, social and economic programs to the tribal members,” she said in a statement. “As your district Tribal Council board member, I will bring a new image of fairness, cooperation and justice as I fulfill my duties to the Lumbee people. I solicit your vote on Nov. 13 to ensure each tribal member has equal representation.”
Locklear graduated from Pembroke High School, and holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in social work from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
While at the university, Locklear received the Faculty Scholarship Award and graduated cum laude. She was a university marshal, received the Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, and is a member of the Alpha Delta Mu National Social Worker Honor Society.
Currently, she serves as a member of Robeson County Public Library’s board of trustees. She is also a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she has held numerous positions.
Locklear is married to Paul Locklear Jr. and lives in Prospect. They have four children.
Locklear is the second candidate to file as a candidate for the District 5 seat, joining Millicent Strickland Collins.
Collins has 20 years of local government experience and is the grants administrator for Robeson County. Shesays she has helped to win $6.5 million in grants for the county that have created 250 jobs.
Jimmy Hunt, a former member of the Tribal Council, filed this week as a candidate for the District 14 seat currently held by Homer Fields. District 14 encompasses East Howellsville, Wisharts and Britts.
Hunt did not provide The Robesonian with any biographical information or a photo.
The candidate filing period continues through Friday. Candidates for any of the positions, all of which are for three-year terms, can file at the Lumbee Tribal Housing Complex on N.C. 711 in Pembroke on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The filing fee for tribal chairman is $500, while the fee for those wishing to win a seat on the council is $250.
Reach staff writer Bob Shiles at 910-272-6117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.