Bob Shiles Staff writer
September 13, 2013
PEMBROKE — There was one candidate to file for the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday, the day before the filing period ends.
Shelia Godwin became the fourth candidate to file for the District 6 seat currently held by Larry Chavis. District 6 includes North Pembroke and Raft Swamp.
In addition to Godwin, candidates for District 6 are Larry Townsend, Scott Bell and Michael Chavis. Larry Chavis cannot seek re-election because the constitution prohibits anyone from serving on the Tribal Council for more than two consecutive three-year terms.
Godwin, of Pembroke, is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in Art Education. She has been employed as an art teacher with the Public Schools of Robeson County for 28 years, and currently works at Purnell Swett High School. She was named Teacher of the Year for the 1995-96 school year.
Her portrait of Julian Pierce, a civil rights leader who died in 1988, was featured at a recent dinner that raised more than $50,000 for a scholarship fund in Pierce’s honor.
In a statement, Godwin said as a member of the council she wants to extend her knowledge of visual arts to Lumbee children. Her main focus, she said, would be to implement an art programs with the Boys and Girls Club in Pembroke.
Godwin is a member of Bear Swamp Baptist Church in Pembroke.
Since the candidate filing period opened on Aug. 26, 14 candidates have filed for seats in Districts 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13. The filing period ended today at 5 p.m.