LUMBERTON — The Lumbee River Electric Membership Cooperation on Thursday held an election that returned one member of the board of directors for another three-year term and filled the remaining three seats with a business owner, an insurance salesman and a retired member of the United States Army.
Wyatt Upchurch was returned as the District 6 representative. New member Eric “Fuller” Locklear will represent District 3; Jarette Sampson will represent District 4; and Rory Eddings will also represent District 6.
Locklear, a restaurant owner and member of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, has been a member of the cooperative for 12 years. Sampson, an eight-year member of the co-op, sells insurance and is a member of the Alumni Association of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Eddings, the owner of R&R Protective Services who was in the military for 21 years, has been a cooperative member for 17 years.
The election was held at the cooperation’s 72nd annual meeting at Givens Performing Arts Center at UNCP. A record 2,718 members registered for the meeting.