Lumberton begins search for new mayor

Lumberton aldermen met for the first time Tuesday night without former mayor Aaron Lott, who quit last week.

Mayor Pro-Tem Miriam Holder was in charge as the board voted to hold a special election April 17 to replace Lott.

Alderman Stanley Rayburn said even though the mayor's and aldermen's salaries have been cut to $1-a-month, he expects quality candidates will run.

"You know there are people who are optimistic right now," said District 2 Alderman Stanley Rayburn. "I've had one person tonight say that he was interested in running and that he wasn't doing it for the money. He was in it to help the city of Lumberton. That's what we need, we need people who are willing to get in and work for the $1-a-month. That's going to be a tough job, but there's people who are willing to give of themselves and their time to get us out of this situation that we are currently facing."

Candidates must qualify at least 20 days prior to the election. Requirements are available at Lumberton City Hall.