Challenger files in Dunn election

Lillington member files for re-election

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A local volunteer and community activist has filed to compete for a seat on the Dunn City Council.

April Gaulden filed to challenge for the seat held by Dr. Gwen McNeill, who has filed for reelection.

Gaulden is originally from Hinesville, Georgia, and relocated to Dunn in 2002. She is an intake specialist at Brent Adams and Associates in Dunn. She is also the community coordinator for the law firm.

Gaulden is a member of Word Church of Deliverance in Newton Grove. She has worked with various nonprofit organizations and serves on various boards and committees. She is active with Think Smart Outreach Center and the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce as well as other organizations.

She said some of the issues her campaign will focus on will include better infrastructure in District 2, which she hopes to represent, and more representation for young people. Her infrastructure goals include cleaning up trash in the area and improvements to streets.

She says she also wants more industry in the area.

“We need to recruit industry so people in their 20s and 30s have somewhere to work. There are so many talented people out there and we need to help them,” Gaulden said.

She added that she also wants people in that age group to be more involved in the political process.

“We need to educate them and make sure they understand the importance of voting,” Gaulden said. “I am doing this because I want to give the people a voice.”

Gaulden was named the Dunn Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Month, the Mistress of Ceremony for the Dunn Martin Luther King Rally and the Think Smart Outreach Center Board of Director of the Year.

Dunn Council members Billy Tart, Dr. David Bradham, Chuck Turnage, Frank McLean and McNeill have already filed for reelection. Mayor Oscar Harris and Councilman Buddy Maness have said they do not intend to seek reelection.

Lillington

Incumbent Judy Breeden became the second candidate to file in Lillington. She is currently the mayor pro tem.

Breeden is an active member of Lillington Presbyterian Church and has been active in other organizations in the community. She is seeking her third term on the board.

She is now retired but says she has some work to complete on the board.

“There are some projects, like phase two of our recreational park, that I want to see completed,” she said. “There are also some people I want to help while I still can.”

The longest-serving member of the board, Marshall Page, filed to retain his seat on the Lillington Board on the first day of filing.

First-time candidate Tim Stephens has also filed for the Lillington board. Stephens is the husband of the late Linda Stephens who was a commissioner.

The seat of Paul Phillips is also up this year. Phillips has not said whether or not he will seek another term.

There were no additional filings Friday in other municipalities in the area.

Filing for all offices in the county will close Friday at noon.

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