The voters of Lumberton will head to the polls Dec. 15 to elect a new mayor.
The election date was set Tuesday night by the Board of Aldermen after former Mayor Ben Winston resigned last week.
Winston, who was elected in 2013, said his political aspirations were not developing as planned, and he wanted to enjoy life while he was healthy.
Interim Mayor Cora Rogers, who said she would not be running for mayor, said interested applicants should visit city hall to register for the race, although she did not know the deadline for registration.
It was speculated that Alderman Jay McGraw would step down from his position Tuesday, but he did not do so and declined comment.
McGraw pleaded guilty to shoplifting Tuesday morning.
This was the second incident of similar acts McGraw found himself in, after he admitted to WDAM 7 News to stealing items prior to shoplifting.
Rogers said McGraw is in discussions with the state regarding his ability to continue serving as alderman.
The special election for mayor will follow general guidelines of other elections, with polls open from 7 a.m-7 p.m.
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