Sutherland files for school board

By Mary Katherine Murphy

February 20, 2014

LAURINBURG — Having served for one year on the Scotland County Board of Education, Jamie Sutherland filed on Thursday at the Board of Elections to run in November for a full term.

Sutherland was the only candidate to file on Thursday, and the seventh so far to file for local elections this election season.

A physical therapist employed by Carolina Therapy Services, Sutherland was appointed by the board last February from a pool of applicants to fill the term of James Underwood, who died unexpectedly.

Sutherland is a Scotland County native and holds an at-large seat on the school board. He is a Laurinburg Optimist Club member, past president, and chairman of the baseball and softball committee. At Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, he is a middle school youth advisor and past deacon.

“I’ve enjoyed the last year that I’ve been able to serve on the school board and I feel like we’ve made some good progress,” said Sutherland, who intended to run for a full term when he applied to serve on the school board last year. “We’ve got a good group currently serving on the board and it’s been a big learning curve for me. I feel I’m well prepared to continue to serve.”

In other Board of Education races, the seats of Darrel Gibson, Jr., Paul Rush, and Jimmy Bennett will expire in December.

Incumbent county commissioners Carol McCall and Guy McCook, both representing the Stewartsville Township, have filed to run for additional terms. Commissioner John Cooley, who represents the Spring Hill Township, has said that he will not run again. Betty Gholston, who has served on the county Board of Commissioners in the past, has filed to represent Spring Hill.

Clerk of Court Philip McRae has filed to hold that position for another four years. Sheriff Shep Jones has also filed, and will face at least one challenger in Hamlet police captain Rodney Tucker.

Filing at the Scotland County Board of Elections will close at noon on Feb. 28.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.