PEMBROKE — Two incumbents and a newcomer filed Monday to run for seats on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council.
The incumbents are Lesaundri Hunt, the council’s speaker from District 3, and Terry Hunt, a representative from District 2. They are each running for a second three-year term.
District 2 includes Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna. District 3 encompasses Lumberton, West Howellsville and Clybourn Pines.
The newcomer is Bill James Brewington, who filed as a candidate for a seat in District 7, which encompasses South Pembroke and Union. The seat is currently held by Terry Campbell. Campbell cannot seek re-election because the tribe’s constitution restricts anyone from holding office more than two consecutive three-year terms.
Terry Hunt was the only one of the three candidates who supplied The Robesonian with any biographical information.
“I want to continue to make a difference in the lives of the tribal members in my district,” Hunt said in a statement. “My priority has always been to ensure our seniors receive adequate assistance in which they are eligible for. I believe if it were not for our seniors who laid the foundation for our people, we would not be where we are today.”
Hunt, 59, of Fairmont, retired after 22 years in law enforcement. He began his career with the Fairmont Police Department in 1979 and worked up to the rank of chief. He was the first American Indian to serve as Fairmont’s police chief, serving in that position from 1993 until his retirement in 2001.
Since becoming a member of the Tribal Council, Hunt has served as chairman of the Federal Recognition Committee and vice chairman of the Ethics Committee.
Hunt is a member of New Bethel Holiness Methodist Church, where he serves as superintendent. He also is an active member of the board of directors for the Robeson County Rape Crisis Center and is a volunteer with the Robeson County Public Schools.
Hunt has been married to his wife Joann for 39 years. They have two children, Travis, 26, and Leanna, 23.
Other council seats to be filled include: District 5, Oxendine and Prospect, currently held by Charles Bullard; District 6, Raft Swamp and North Pembroke, currently held by McDuffie Cummings; District 11, Hoke County, currently held by Linda Revels; and District 12, Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville, currently held by Walter Lowery.
Bullard and Revels are ineligible to seek re-election.
The filing period for the Nov. 18 election began Monday and continues through Sept. 12. Filing takes place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elections Board office behind the Tribal Housing complex on N.C. 711. The temporary phone number for the office is 910-674-8828.
Candidates for any of the three-year terms must pay a $250 filing fee. Also, candidates must submit a criminal background check by 5 p.m. Sept. 12.
To be eligible to serve on the Tribal Council, a person must be an enrolled member of the tribe of at least 21 years of age; maintained his or her principal residence in the district for no less than one year; and have no felony conviction.