Cummings joins race for clerk

First Posted: 2/18/2014

LUMBERTON — The May 6 primary for Robeson County clerk of court is now a three-way contest.

Tammy Jacobs Cummings, of Prospect, filed as a candidate on Tuesday.

Cummings, a native of Robeson County, has worked for 14 years as a victim-witness coordinator with the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office. A 1989 graduate of West Robeson High School, she received a bachelor of arts degree in 1994 from what was then Pembroke State University and a paralegal/legal assistant certificate from Meredith College in 1995. She also received a master’s of arts degree in Education from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2009.

“As an advocate for victims of crime for 16 of the past 17 years, 14 of those years in Robeson County, I have long served the public,” Cummings said in a statement. “I step forward as a different candidate for clerk of Superior Court. My education, career and life experiences qualify me for the position. I pledge to provide quality, unbiased services to all … .”

Cummings is a board member for Robeson County Teen Court & Youth Services and a member of Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church in Maxton, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and youth director for 16 years.

Cummings is married to Dwayne Cummings, the owner and operator of Cozy Corner in Prospect. They have three children, Cassidy, Dylan and Taelyn.

Incumbent Shelena Smith and challenger Wixie Stephens previously filed for clerk of court.

Brenden Jones, a Republican from Tabor City, filed Tuesday for N.C. House District 46. District 46, which includes Columbus and parts of Robeson and Bladen counties, is currently represented by Ken Waddell, a Democrat from Chadbourn. Waddell is seeking re-election.

“During the weeks since I announced my candidacy, I have become even more convinced that Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties need a new voice in the state House,” Jones said in a statement. “We live in a great corner of North Carolina, and our area has great economic potential, but we need new leadership to make it happen. When elected, I will continuously work to ensure that our citizens have a strong, credible voice in Raleigh.”

Jones, a Columbus County native, and his wife Angela have two daughters. He operates two businesses in Columbus County.

Jones is a past chairman of the Columbus County Board of Elections. He was recently appointed to the Rural Center board. He also serves as a deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church.

Antonio Blue, a Democrat from Hamlet, has filed for the 8th District seat in the U.S. House that is now held by Richard Hudson, a Republican who is seeking re-election.

Jonathan Barfield Jr., a Democrat from Wilmington, and Woody White, a Republican from Wilmington, have filed for the 7th District seat that will become vacant when Mike McIntyre retires.

The Robesonian failed to report in Tuesday’s edition that John B. Carter and Herbert L. Richardson have filed to keep their seats as District Court judges.