To the Editor,
I want to thank all of my supporters who came out in the cold rainy weather to support my bid to bring a voice from Saddletree on the Tribal Council. It is hard to run an honest campaign when the cards are stacked against you.
I am not being a sore loser: Dewey McNeill beat me fair and square. We can hold our heads up high and say we did our best. I know that the Tribal Council did everything in its power to make sure that I didn’t win. They knew that I wouldn’t be their puppet. I hope that I am wrong, but I really feel that like for the past six years, Saddletree will not have a strong voice on the council goving forward.
It is really sad that out of 2,400 registered voters in Saddletree, a little more then 400 came out to vote. I have heard so many people complain that Pembroke gets everything, yet the same people who complain are the same people who didn’t bother to vote. And nothing is ever going to change until you stop voting for someone because he or she is your cousin or friend or because he asked me first or he or she goes to my church, and start voting for someone who can do the job. The Lumbee people, we are our own worst enemies.
Dewey, young man, hold your head up high. At least you didn’t stoop so low as to buy the election.
Richard Terry Locklear