Tribal council filing ends Thursday

By: Staff report

PEMBROKE —Another candidate has filed to represent Scotland County on the Lumbee Tribal Council.

Michael Chavis II is seeking his first term on the council as a representative of District 12, which includes Scotland County, Alfordsville and Maxton.

“I am a proactive member of the church and the community, honest and hard-working,” Chavis said. “I am trying to have a positive impact on my direct community and Native American family as a whole.”

Chavis is a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol and owns an electrical contracting company. He studied electrical engineering at N.C. State University and is a member of Gray Pond Baptist Church in Scotland County.

Chavis is married to Ashley A. Chavis, a first-grade teacher at Union Chapel Elementary School.

Shelley Strickland, the incumbent, filed previously for re-election in District 12.

The filing period ends on Thursday.

Candidates can file for the election at the tribe’s Elections Office at 707 Union Chapel Road, Suite D, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through today. The office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, the last day of the filing period.

The Lumbee Tribal Council election that is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Other seats up for election are: District 5, which includes Oxendine and Prospect and is represented by Jarrod Lowery; District 6, which includes Raft Swamp and North Pembroke and is represented by Douglas Locklear Jr.; District 7, which includes South Pembroke and Union and is represented by Bill Brewington.

Staff report