3 file for seats on Board of Commissioners

First Posted: 2/14/2014

LUMBERTON — Two incumbent county commissioners and a first-time candidate for a seat on the county Board of Commissioners filed Friday to run in the May 6 primary.

Commissioner Lance Herndon, a Democrat, filed for re-election to his District 8 seat. He first ran for the seat in 2008, following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Bill Herndon, who served as a Robeson County commissioner for 27 years.

Noah Woods, the chairman of that board, also filed for re-election, but did not provide The Robesonian any information.

Herndon, of Parkton, is a full-time farmer. Herndon serves as the chairman of the county’s Public Works Committee, and is a member of the county’s Budget and Finance Committee, as well as a member of the Robeson County Housing Authority.

“As a commissioner, it is my responsibility to work towards a more effective and efficient county government. I have been committed to keeping taxes as low as possible while still maintaining a high level, quality service for county programs and amenities,” he said in a statement. “If re-elected, I will continue these efforts and work on new initiatives that will improve current services and attract new industries.”

Herndon is a member of the Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church, a board member of the Robeson County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and a member of the board of directors for the N.C .Soybean Producers Association. He also is a legislative committee member for the National Sorghum Producers representing North Carolina.

He is married to Melissa Herndon. They have a daughter, Emma Jameson.

Woods, the longest serving current commissioner having first been elected in 1990, filed for a seventh four-year term in District 4.

The filing of Woods guarantees a contested District 4 race in the May Democratic Primary. On Monday, Faline Locklear Dial, who is seeking her first elected public office, filed as a candidate for the District 4 commissioner’s seat.

Democrat Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins filed Friday as a candidate in the Democratic primary for the District 6 seat on the county Board of Commissioners. The seat is currently held by David Edge, the lone Republican on the eight-member board.

Originally from Dillon, S.C., Meekins owns Loyd Meekins Auction Company.

“This county is in the worst condition it’s been in since I moved here in 1982,” he said. “We can’t keep living in the past. We got to take out money out of the bank and start spending it on Robeson County.

“I don’t think we are going in the right direction,” he said. “Instead of building a $40 million jail, we need to be spending money on our youth.”

Meekins said he would like to see a vocational school for high school seniors built at Robeson Community College where technology training facilities and equipment are available. He said county money could best be invested in the county’s future by being used to construct an addition to Lumberton High School; enlarge facilities at the Southeastern Agricultural Events Center; recruit new industries; create jobs; and boost the ability of the county’s District Attorney and Sheriff’s offices to enforce laws and fight crime.

He also said he would like to see county officials, both Democrats and Republicans, work together in an effort to speed up funding for construction of the Fayetteville Outer Loop extension into Robeson County. That extension is now slated to reach Robeson County in 2020, Meekins said.

Meekins said he would donate his salary as a commissioenr to the Lumberton High School Booster Club and the Robeson County Library. He also said that if the commissioners continue to receive $30,000 a year to use at their discretion, he would give each of the six schools in his district $5,000.

Meekins is a former member of the N.C. Auctioneers Board and currently serves on the local board of Lumbee Guaranty Bank. He also just recently stepped down as a director of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Meekins is married to Debra S. Meekins, a former teacher in the local public schools system. They have two children, Trey and Erica.

Friday was the first day of filings since Monday as the office had been closed because of winter storm Pax.