Provisionals could decide 2 tribal seats

By: Staff Report
James Hunt
Michael W. Chavis II

PEMBROKE — Two races for the Lumbee Tribal Council could be decided by provisional votes that have not yet been counted.

Provisional ballots are those that are challenged and whose eligibility is determined after Election Day. A candidate has five business days after the election, until Tuesday at 5 p.m., to ask for them to be counted. If that happens and the ballots were legally cast, then the votes will be counted

James B. Hunt appeared to have won a tight race against former council member Pearlean Revels for the District 3 seat. The vote count was 64 for Hunt and 62 for Revels. Incumbent Lashaudri Hunt could not seek re-election because he had served two consecutive terms.

There are seven provisional ballots in that race, according to Shelia Beck, tribal Board of Elections director, enough to flip the outcome.

In District 12, Michael W. Chavis II appears to have won with 47 votes. But Victoria Henderson, with 42, appears to be within range because there are 12 provisional ballots. Incumbent Shelley Strickland finished third with 31 votes.

Other outcomes appear to be solid.

Three incumbents will return to the council. Douglas Locklear held on to his District 6 seat by defeating challenger Scott Bell by a vote of 95 to 35. Frank Cooper kept the District 11 seat by outpolling Carl Pevia with a 50-14 tally, and Jarrod Lowery kept his place on the Tribal Council because he was unopposed in District 5.

In District 2, Sharon Hunt beat Louise Mitchell 258 votes to 158. Both candidates were former council members running for a seat vacated by Terry Hunt, who was ineligible to run because he had served the maximum two consecutive terms.

The race for the District 7 seat went to Alvin Mercer with 143 votes, easily outdistancing Valerie Strickland’s 95 and William T. Cambell’s 28. Bill James Brewington was forced out by the two-term limit.

Of the 28,593 people registered to vote, only 1,207 cast a ballot, just more than 4 percent.

James Hunt Hunt

Michael W. Chavis II W. Chavis II

Staff Report