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Leaf Home arrow The News arrow North East News arrow Lumbee Tribe Chairman Paul Brooks is re-elected
Lumbee Tribe Chairman Paul Brooks is re-elected
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Thursday, 15 November 2012
Lumbee Tribe Chairman Paul Brooks is re-elected
By Michael Futch
Staff writer

PEMBROKE - Incumbent Paul Brooks was re-elected chairman of the Lumbee tribe Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.

Brooks declined to talk to reporters at 10 p.m., saying Jimmy Goins - his closest challenger in the race - had not conceded the election. At the time, Goins was down by 135 votes with three polling sites unreported.

Brooks received 2,559 votes, or 52 percent, to Goins' 2,042 votes, or 42 percent of the ballots cast. Lynn Bruce Jacobs finished third with 298 votes, or 6 percent.

Brooks won despite being named last month in a discrimination complaint filed against the tribe by a former member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Ashley Haywood of Lumberton filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Along with Brooks, the complaint was filed against Lumbee Tribe Enterprises and Jimmy Hunt. Goins served as tribal chairman from 2004 to 2010. Two years ago, he was involved in a group that unsuccessfully pushed for a Lumbee contract with a Las Vegas gaming consultant. The controversy it created stirred national media attention, and the Nevada firm backed away from the agreement.

Last year, Jacobs ran unsuccessfully against Brooks.

"I figured it would be close, but I expected Paul to win,'' said Rod Locklear of Pembroke before the results for chairman were final. "I expected it to be a low turnout.''

"He's (Brooks) working out trying to develop some economic development,'' Locklear said. "Paul has a lot to offer.''

Voters in all 14 tribal districts voted for the chairman, who is expected to serve a three-year term. Six seats on the 21-member Tribal Council also were elected Tuesday. Ballots were cast for council members in Districts 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 14.

Terry Collins ran unopposed in District 10 to secure a council member seat.

The council members also will serve three-year terms.

Other winners in Tuesday's election were:

District 1, which covers Orrum, Rowland, Sterlings, Gaddys, Whitehouse and Thompson: Evan Davenport 156 votes, Remondie Hunt 94 and Billy "Dollar Bill'' Oxendine 74.

District 4, which covers Philadelphus and Red Springs: Jonathan Locklear 180 votes and Retha Kenworthy 26.

District 5, which covers Oxendine and Prospect: Bobby Dean Oxendine 284 votes, Ruby Bullard Locklear 200 and Millicent Collins 179.

District 7, which covers South Pembroke and Union: Robert Chavis 553 votes and Cody Eagle Horse Godwin 209.

District 9, which covers Saddletree: Anita Hammonds Blanks 202 votes, Dewey McNeill 126 and Richard Terry Locklear 66.

District 14, which covers Britts, East Howellsville and Wishart: Homer Fields 117 votes and Jimmy Hunt 28.

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